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In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Did You Know?
Lobster, seal and swans were on the Pilgrims’ menu.

Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.

Check out the Thanksgiving by the Numbers infographic for more facts about how the first Thanksgiving compares to modern holiday traditions.

Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.

In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition. In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians. Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.

Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. A number of U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual.

For some scholars, the jury is still out on whether the feast at Plymouth really constituted the first Thanksgiving in the United States. Indeed, historians have recorded other ceremonies of thanks among European settlers in North America that predate the Pilgrims’ celebration. In 1565, for instance, the Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilé invited members of the local Timucua tribe to a dinner in St. Augustine, Florida, after holding a mass to thank God for his crew’s safe arrival. On December 4, 1619, when 38 British settlers reached a site known as Berkeley Hundred on the banks of Virginia’s James River, they read a proclamation designating the date as “a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”

Some Native Americans and others take issue with how the Thanksgiving story is presented to the American public, and especially to schoolchildren. In their view, the traditional narrative paints a deceptively sunny portrait of relations between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people, masking the long and bloody history of conflict between Native Americans and European settlers that resulted in the deaths of millions. Since 1970, protesters have gathered on the day designated as Thanksgiving at the top of Cole’s Hill, which overlooks Plymouth Rock, to commemorate a “National Day of Mourning.” Similar events are held in other parts of the country.

Although the American concept of Thanksgiving developed in the colonies of New England, its roots can be traced back to the other side of the Atlantic. Both the Separatists who came over on the Mayflower and the Puritans who arrived soon after brought with them a tradition of providential holidays—days of fasting during difficult or pivotal moments and days of feasting and celebration to thank God in times of plenty.

As an annual celebration of the harvest and its bounty, moreover, Thanksgiving falls under a category of festivals that spans cultures, continents and millennia. In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest. Thanksgiving also bears a resemblance to the ancient Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. Finally, historians have noted that Native Americans had a rich tradition of commemorating the fall harvest with feasting and merrymaking long before Europeans set foot on their shores.  READ MORE>>






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Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer

“Important information about stomach cancer, including prevention steps and warning signs, is available on the website  Click on the link to read all about it during National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month in November!”


Gastric cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in the world. View more statistics.

The American Cancer Society estimated that 21,500 new cases of stomach (gastric) cancer would be diagnosed in the United States in 2008.1 Because gastric cancer is difficult to diagnose, it is often discovered in patients at a late stage with a poor prognosis. The treatment for gastric cancer is surgery and chemotherapy;2 however, the overall 5-year survival rate is low, at 24.3%.1

It is estimated that 1-3% of cases of gastric cancer are caused by Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer.2 Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC) is an inherited cancer syndrome that leads to an increased risk for both diffuse gastric cancer and lobular breast cancer in women. Patients who inherit the genetic mutation for HDGC are at high risk for developing gastric cancer at a young age.3

History of HDGC

A familial pattern of gastric cancer actually dates back to 1821, when Napoleon Bonaparte died at age 52 of gastric cancer. His father, grandfather, brother and 3 sisters had all died of gastric cancer.4 In 1964, familial gastric cancer was noted in a Maori tribal family in New Zealand, following an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance.4 A specific type of gene mutation called a CDH1 mutation was first described in patients from three Maori families in 1998. It was then that the International Gastric Cancer Linkage Consortium (IGCLC) was formed, and the name “Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer” was introduced.


The CDH1 gene, located on chromosome 16, normally encodes for a protein called E-cadherin. The normal function of E-cadherin is to allow cells and tissues to adhere to one another in a normal fashion. 4


The structure of the E-cadherin protein chain bends and turns. The normal function of E-cadherin is to allow cells and tissues to adhere to one another in a normal fashion.

When there is a mutation in the CDH1 gene, the function of the E-cadherin protein is disrupted, and cancer often results.3,4 The exact mechanism by which this mutation ultimately causes gastric cancer is not entirely known. 4

Inheritance of the CDH1 gene mutation follows an autosomal dominant pattern, meaning that offspring of mutation carriers have a 50% chance of inheriting the mutant gene.3,4,5 It has been estimated that three out of every four CDH1 gene mutation carriers will go on to develop gastric cancer,3 with an average age at diagnosis of 38.6,7  


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  • When Debbie Zelman was diagnosed in April 2008 with advanced Stage IV stomach cancer, she was 40 years old, the mother of 3 young children, and owned her own law firm.  Her doctors told her that her cancer was inoperable and incurable and that she would need chemotherapy for the rest of her life.  At the time of her diagnosis, Debbie was told that there were very few effective treatment options for advanced stomach cancer because it was an uncommon cancer in the United States and that her chances of being alive in 5 years were less than 5%.

         However, as she began to respond to treatment, Debbie hoped that she could make a difference in the treatment options for stomach cancer patients by using her education, experience and contacts in the community. Debbie received her Law Degree from the University of Miami and her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. In addition, she has previous fundraising experience and business experience from running her own law practice for 10 years. In 2009, Debbie started Debbie’s Dream Foundation (DDF) with the mission to aggressively and immediately fund research into innovative, progressive and cutting-edge treatments for stomach cancer.  It is Debbie’s dream that with increased funding more treatments for stomach cancer will become available sooner and a cure will be found.

         There is a sense of urgency for the person living with incurable cancer. Cancer also takes a huge toll on the cancer patient’s family. These factors motivated Debbie to begin her work to raise funds for stomach cancer research. Debbie lives in Florida with her husband Andrew, her 12 year old twins, Rachel and Zachary, and 5 year old daughter Sarah.


    Stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death

    in men and fourth among women worldwide.  Each year nearly

    930,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with stomach cancer  and approximately 700,000 die of the disease.  Approximately  22,000 Americans will be diagnosed with stomach cancer each year and over 10,000 will die.  However, there are very few places to turn for help when a patient is diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer.  There is very little research being conducted on stage IV advanced stomach cancer for a variety of reasons, including a lack of funding and a limited number of doctors specializing in stomach cancer.

         To accomplish these goals, Debbie’s Dream is using the following strategies:

             (1)    Uniting the best and brightest minds in stomach cancer research;

             (2)    Encouraging the sharing of information among medical professionals, research professionals,           and pharmaceutical companies;

             (3)    Educating stomach cancer patients and their families about stomach cancer and available treatment options;

        For the person living with incurable cancer, there is a sense of urgency.  Cancer also takes a huge toll on the cancer patient’s family.  Debbie’s Dream Foundation seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.  Debbie’s Dream also seeks to fund research, facilitate enrollment in clinical trials, and help patients and families of those diagnosed with stomach cancer.

             (4)    Educating stomach cancer patients about enrollment in clinical trials for new and experimental therapies and treatments; and

    1.     Aggressively and immediately funding research into innovative, progressive and cutting-edge treatments for stomach cancer. READ MORE




 … in honor of my dad

With October being breast cancer awareness month, I was pondering over what health issue I wanted to share with you in November.  I accidentally found that November is deemed pancreatic awareness month.  Because my dad had pancreatic cancer and pancreatic cancer is related to breast cancer via the BRCA2 gene, here’s the topic for this month.

Whenever someone is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer people tend to think that person does not have long to live.  Well that was the case with my father. By the time he was diagnosed the cancer had spread all over his liver.  Surgery was not recommended and chemo could do little to control or shrink the tumors. He passed away in 5 months at 56 years old. That was in 1994.

 Much has been found out since then.  Pertaining to hereditary cancer there was the discovery of the BRCA2 (the breast cancer gene) in December of 1995.  I did not know about the possibility of inheriting this gene until I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Most attention in the media has been given to the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.   Carriers of the BRCA2 gene mutations also have a tenfold increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.  My father was the only one in his family ever diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  His mom had breast cancer at 66 (she did not pass on from it and lived until 81).  His dad had prostate cancer at 60 and survived it until 74.  Since my grandparents weren’t below the age of 50, the cancer history in my family seemed to be from aging not from inheritance.

  Low and behold one can carry the BRCA2 gene and never develop cancer of any kind. These people who never develop cancer are not represented in the statistics pertaining to occurrence.  Most likely the occurrence in the general population is higher than current studies show.    Every cell in the human body has 2 copies of the BRCA2 gene, in my case and my dad’s case we have one mutated BRCA2 gene and one “normal” one. This means that some lifestyle factor and chance caused us to develop our cancers.  Scientists say we will see more cancers caused by inherited BRCA2 mutations as our population ages.  Most of the information about BRCA2 is related to the Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. That’s the group that scientists have found the gene to be most prevalent. The mutation occurred approximately 3000 years ago.  My dad and I do not have that specific mutation.  I initially thought there must have been an impostor Italian catholic in the family years ago.  I found out quickly that was inaccurate. Our gene is 8475delGA.The Jewish one is 6174delT. There are many others.

When you see percents of occurrence even one percent is significant.  BRCA2 carriers have a 1 in 10 to 1 in 20 chance of developing pancreatic cancer by the age of 80. In the big scheme of things these chances may not seem significant.  One may have greater chance of being in a fatal car accident so why should I think about cancer.  The reason we all need to think about cancer is that it can sneak up on any one of us without warning and if it is not caught early enough chances of survival decreases.

So know your family history and lifestyle risk factors and advocate for screening tools for all types of cancer not just breast cancer.

outRisk Factors for pancreatic cancer

The exact causes of pancreatic cancer are not yet well understood. There are certain risk factors that may increase the likelihood that an individual will develop pancreatic cancer. Research studies have identified some of the following as potential risk factors:

Risk Factor



Smoking is a significant risk factor and is the cause of about 25% of all pancreatic cancer cases. People who smoke cigarettes are 2 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than people who do not smoke.


The chance of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age. Most people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are over the age of 60.

Family History

If a person’s mother, father, sibling, or child had pancreatic cancer, then that person’s risk for developing the disease increases by 2-3 times.dThe risk increases if a greater number of family members are affectedAAlso, the risk of pancreatic cancer increases if there is a history of familial breast or colon cancer, familial melanoma, or hereditary pancreatitis.or Approximately 10% of pancreatic cancer cases are related to a family history of the disease. Individuals who smoke and have a family history of pancreatic cancer are at risk of developing pancreatic cancer up to 10 years earlier than their previously diagnosed family member(s).

Chronic Pancreatitis and Hereditary Pancreatitis

A person, who has been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, particularly at a younger age, has an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Chronic pancreatitis is usually diagnosed in individuals 35-45 years old and often in individuals who consume large amounts of alcohol for many years. In addition, the mumps virus and various autoimmune disorders can cause chronic pancreatitis, which may lead to pancreatic cancer.

Race (Ethnicity)

African-Americans have a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer compared to individuals of Asian, Hispanic or Caucasian descent. There is also a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer among Ashkenazi Jews, possibly due to a mutation involving the breast cancer (BRCA2) gene that is found in about 1% of individuals of this background.


Slightly more men are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer than women. This may be linked to higher smoking rates in men. With increasing smoking rates in women, the incidence of pancreatic cancer in women may soon equal that in men.


Pancreatic cancer is 2 times more likely to occur in people who have diabetes than in people who do not have diabetes. In pancreatic cancer patients who have had diabetes for less than five years, it is unclear if the diabetes contributed to the cancer or if the precancerous cells caused the diabetes.


The association of diet and the development of pancreatic cancer are still unclear. A diet high in red meats, animal fats, processed meats, and carbohydrates is thought to increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. A diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk. There may also be a risk associated with eating meats that are very well-cooked, especially those that are charred, foods that are high in salt and refined sugar, or foods that have been smoked, dehydrated or fried.


For people who are considered clinically obese, there may be a significantly increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. In those who are overweight, the risk may decrease with increased physical activity.

Physical inactivity

Lack of physical activity or exercise has been associated with increased risk of pancreatic cancer in a large epidemiologic study.  This is independent of the effects of obesity, as obese patients who exercise regularly have a lower risk than those who do not.

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   American Diabetes Month



Join Bret Michaels this November and become involved in American Diabetes Month®.

This year, the American Diabetes Association is asking:

How will you Stop Diabetes®? The future is in your hands.

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Last November, the American Diabetes Association launched the Stop Diabetes movement,

with the audacious goal of having 1 million people join in the first year

.  So far, more than 814,000 people around the country have raised their hand and pledged to join the fight.

There are plenty of ways you can become involved in American Diabetes Month

and the Stop Diabetes movement this November.

There is no time to waste. Diabetes is a disease with deadly consequences.

Drastic action is needed.  From everyone.

Tools are available to help spread the word for companies,

community organizers and health care professionals.

You can discover more ways to become engaged in American Diabetes Month

by visiting

calling 1-800-DIABETES or texting JOIN to 69866 (standard data and message rates apply).

American Diabetes Month Tools

American Diabetes Month 2010 Fact Sheet (PDF)

American Diabetes Month 2010 Newsletter Insert (PDF)

American Diabetes Month 2010 PowerPoint

Blog 30 Days of Diabetes for November – and Beyond!

Blog about diabetes each day of November and we could put you on the blogroll for our blog,

Diabetes Stops Here℠: Living with Diabetes; Inspired to Stop It.

To honor National Blog Posting Month,

bloggers around the country will blog every day in the month of November.

You could blog about diabetes and help create awareness

about the disease all month long. Need ideas? Click here for more information.

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Ever see the top 10 lists for foods everyone should eat to superpower your diet?

Ever wonder which will mesh with your diabetes meal plan?

Wonder no more.

Your list of the top 10 diabetes superfoods has arrived.

As with all foods, you need to work the diabetes superfoods

into your individualized meal plan in appropriate portions.

All of the foods in our list have a low glycemic index or GI

and provide key nutrients that are lacking in the typical western diet such as:

vitamins A (as carotenoids), C, and E.
There isn’t research that clearly points to supplementation,

so always think first about getting your nutrients from foods. Below is our list of superfoods to include in your diet.


Whether you prefer kidney, pinto, navy, or black beans, you can’t find better nutrition than that provided by beans. They are very high in fiber, giving you about 1/3 of your daily requirement in just a ½ cup, and are also good sources of magnesium and potassium.

They are considered starchy vegetables, but ½ cup provides as much protein as an ounce of meat without the saturated fat. To save time you can use canned beans, but be sure to drain and rinse them to get rid of as much sodium as possible.

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

Spinach, collards, kale – these powerhouse foods are so low in calories and carbohydrate. You can’t eat too much.

Citrus Fruit

Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes. Pick your favorites and get part of your daily dose of soluble fiber and vitamin C.

Sweet Potatoes

A starchy vegetable packed full of vitamin A and fiber. Try in place of regular potatoes for a lower GI alternative.


Which are your favorites: blueberries, strawberries or another variety? Regardless, they are all packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Make a parfait alternating the fruit with light, non-fat yogurt for a new favorite dessert. Try our Superfood Smoothie recipe.


An old standby where everyone can find a favorite. The good news is that no matter how you like your tomatoes, pureed, raw, or in a sauce, you’re eating vital nutrients like vitamin C, iron, vitamin E.

Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Salmon is a favorite in this category. Stay away from the breaded and deep fat fried variety… they don’t count in your goal of 6-9 ounces of fish per week.

Whole Grains

It’s the germ and bran of the whole grain you’re after. It contains all the nutrients a grain product has to offer. When you purchase processed grains like bread made from enriched wheat flour, you don’t get these. A few more of the nutrients these foods offer are magnesium, chromium,

omega 3 fatty acids and folate.

Pearled barley and oatmeal are a source of fiber and potassium.


An ounce of nuts can go a long way in providing key healthy fats along with hunger management. Other benefits are a dose of magnesium and fiber.

Some nuts and seeds, such as walnuts and flax seeds, also contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Fat-free Milk and Yogurt

Everyone knows dairy can help build strong bones and teeth. In addition to calcium, many fortified dairy products are a good source of vitamin D. More research is emerging on the connection between vitamin D and good health.

Some of the above list can be tough on the budget depending on the season and where you live.

Look for lower cost options such as fruit and vegetables in season or frozen or canned fish.

Foods that every budget can live with year round are beans and rolled oats or barley that you cook from scratch.

Of course, you probably don’t want to limit yourself to just these items for every meal. The American Diabetes Association’s book What Do I Eat Now? provides a step-by-step guide to eating right.

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Military Family Month

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Military Family Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since.President Barack Obama proclaimed November 2009 as Military Family Month, calling on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation.

Each November, ASYMCA celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nation’s support and commitment the families of military personnel. With hundreds of thousands of service members deployed overseas, recognizing the daily sacrifices made by military families has never been more important.




Celebrating Military Family Week at Installations Worldwide

  • Each year during Military Family Month in November efforts are made to organize special community-wide events to recognize our military families. Look at how installations celebrated and honored military families during past years.
  • Some bases held different event(s) for every day of the week
  • Bases publicized family services and programs during their activities
  • Base MWR agencies (i.e., Outdoor Recreation Center, Bowling Center, Movie Theater, and Clubs) provided special family events with reduced prices. For example, an Outdoor Recreation Center sponsored a Family Florida Everglades Ecotour.
  • Base family programs (i.e., Family Center and Children Development Center) provided special family events. For example, a Children Development Center hosted a Family Fun Festival.
  • Special family events including free lunch, magicians, horse rides, jumping booths, climbing wall, disc jockey, and prizes were held at AAFES
  • Sales were offered at BXs and Commissaries
  • Ecumenical services were held at the chapel
  • Information was sent to commands to recognize and celebrate the contributions of military families
  • “Lunch and Learn” educational forums for military personnel and their families were held
  • Military Family Week booths were set up
  • Relevant articles appeared in base newspaper
  • A base offered “Operation Informed Spouse” to provide information on available family services/programs and installation tour
  • Several organizations at a base invited families to tour their work centers
  • Commanders held open houses in their units
  • A Military Family Partnership (USAFA FSC, Peterson CSC, Ft. Carson ACS, Pikes Peak region ASYMCA, and the Falcon Wanderers Volksmarch club) sponsored an annual 10K Volksmarch
  • A local ASYMCA sponsored the Annual Five Star Military Family Recognition Program
  • A local high school hosted Tops in Blue stage performance
  • A Family Talent contest was being hosted at a base for: (1) parent – child, (2) husband – wife, (3) children age 3-7, (4) preteens age 8-12, and (5) entire family
  • Commanders and First Sergeants served meals to military members and their families in the dining hall
  • Thanksgiving dinner was served to families of deployed, remote and single members
  • Thanksgiving Day gift baskets were distributed

Information and Resources

For information and resources regarding Military Family Month please go to the Armed Services YMCA Military Family Month site.