Honoring those who serve

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Wednesday, June 14, is Flag Day, commemorating the 1777 adoption of the United States’ flag. As a revered symbol of freedom and justice, the flag of the United States of America is to be shown the utmost respect. However, Flag Day isn’t a federal holiday.

The respect of the flag also extends to its eventual retirement. The United States Flag Code states, "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

If you have flags to be retired, the following organizations collect them for disposal:

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • The American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • Marine Corps League
  • Disabled American

Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day, a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in our country's Armed Forces. It originated as Decoration Day, after the Civil War, in 1868. 

While it does have austere beginnings, Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of the summer season. And with that, come backyard barbecues and family gatherings!

In Hampton Roads, VA, home of PCSMoves.com, there are a variety of events taking place to celebrate our troops, as well as to enjoy the three-day weekend. The following are some events scheduled for this weekend.

Williamsburg

Thursday, May 25-Monday, May 29

Williamsburg KOA Campground

Start your summer with a bang and experience the magic of camping with your family. Watch a movie

May is the month of the Military Caregiver. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation describes this role as, “Every day, a Military Caregiver serves our nation. A wife, a husband, a parent, a friend, or even a child is helping their Wounded Warrior accomplish everyday tasks, something many of us take for granted.” Sometimes, these caregivers are called Hidden Heroes.

And because of all the work these Heroes do, they deserve to be celebrated and reminded of their worth to both their Wounded Warrior and to society as a whole. Kathy Stalnaker, of West Virginia, summed up her experiences caring for her husband, “I’ve lost a lot of family members who do not understand PTSD. That has been the hardest, as they forced me to choose between them or my husband. I have no

In the United States, Military Spouse Appreciation Day is today, May 12, 2017, the Friday before Mother's Day. President Ronald Reagan declared it in 1984 to recognize the importance of spouse commitment to the well-being of military members.

Military spouses arrange their lives around the needs and requirements of the military, give up months or years of time with their loved ones, and even face the loss of their deployed husband or wife in service to their country.

The day was first observed on May 23, 1984. However, it was Caspar Weinberger, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense, who standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother's Day as Military Spouse Day. The President of the United States marks this occasion each year with a

Children around the world are born into their parents’ military communities. The month of April provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of our youngest heroes: military children. Established by former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the designation of April as the Month of the Military Child acknowledges the significant role military youth play in our communities.

This awareness month was established to highlight the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old; 1.3 million of those military children are school-aged.

Julie Provost, author of the “Solider’s Wife Crazy Life” blog, reflects that her

Military service doesn’t have to stop anyone from furthering an education. Military life can be nomadic if you choose it to be, but thanks to the Internet, military members around the world don’t have to pause their education when they move to a new base.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, 1.3 million men and women served in the military in 2016. A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau also reveals there are 21.8 million veterans of the armed forces.

Many factors go into finding the right military-friendly college for Veterans, active-duty service members, Reservists, Guardsmen, spouses and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans in any of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Many colleges and universities promote

March 13 is National K9 Veterans Day, a day when all military dogs are commemorated. Proclaiming March 13 as National K9 Veterans' Day is meant to honor all military and working dogs for their service and sacrifice for our nation.

The United States K9 Corps was created on March 13, 1942. Since then, dogs officially became the part of military service.

Border patrol K9s, customs K9s, police K9s, Secret Service K9s, airport service K9s and FBI K9s work daily to save and protect Americans and our country. They continue to serve on land and sea every day. The dogs are trained to provide numerous functions, including search, rescue, explosives detection, scout, patrol, and enemy subdue.

Joe White of Jacksonville, FL, a Vietnam War veteran, K9

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Unlike active duty military members, their children don’t sign up to become a part of the military. Much like the military spouses, the children of our military members go with the flow, no matter where home ends up being.

But what happens when a military parent is deployed or wounded? A little bit of routine or something extracurricular can be a welcome addition when life gives a family a good shake.

Our Military Kids, Inc. (OMK), a nonprofit organization, supports children, ages 5-12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches.  OMK empowers children with sports, arts and enrichment during parent deployment or recovery, by grants to pay for participation in

Many holiday mailing deadlines have passed, but there is still time to do something that many will appreciate. The holidays are such a special time, but there are plenty of service members who can’t make it home to be with their families. If you live near a base or installation, consider offering a spot or two at your holiday dinner for a military member.

If you know someone who serves, ask if they know anyone who isn’t able to make it home this holiday season. It’s always great to start with your circle before expanding out. Expand your search for Facebook if you don’t get any bites from friends in person. 

There are also great resources at bases and installations to match people with service members who won’t be able to make it home for the

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The Real Estate Group, serving the military community of Hampton Roads in Coastal Virginia had the honor of carrying the Blue Angels parade balloon through the streets of Norfolk, Virginia at the annual Grand Illumination Parade.

The Grand Illumination Parade is a holiday tradition in Hampton Roads. For over thirty years, families have gathered to line the parade route in the heart of Downtown Norfolk to cheer on the huge lineup of marching bands, intricate floats, community groups, and more recently special balloons.

 Last year, the exceptional agents of the Real Estate Group were lucky enough to debut the Blue Angels balloon. With such a large military presence throughout the region, the support of the balloon was loud and proud- cheering