Day of the Deployed is a day to recognize our troops for their courage and sense of duty. It is customary for people to send care packages, and messages of thanks to that still deployed overseas. The day also recognizes the families of those who are deployed.
Day of the Deployed began in 2006 when Shelle Michaels Aberle approached North Dakota Governor John Hoeven about supporting a North Dakota Proclamation for a day. The date for Day of Deployed was selected by Ms. Aberle’s cousin who was deployed to Iraq. 12 years later all 50 states celebrate October 26 as Day of the Deployed.
If someone wants to get involved in Day of the Deployed, they can send care packages to those currently deployed. They can send these care packages through organizations such as Operation Gratitude. Day of the Deployed isn’t just about those who are deployed, reaching out to the families of deployed soldiers is a great way to support the day. Everyone can take a moment on this day and support the troops and the families that support our nation.