Hoeven Encourages Americans to Honor Service Members on Day of the Deployed

U.S. Senate Designates Monday, October 26 as Day of the Deployed

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today encouraged Americans to pay tribute to the nation’s deployed service members on Monday, October 26, the Day of the Deployed. This week, Hoeven introduced a bipartisan resolution naming October 26 as the Day of the Deployed and calling on all Americans to honor the service of deployed members of our Armed Forces and their families. The resolution passed unanimously in the Senate.

“Our deployed service members are defending our nation and protecting our freedoms on missions around the globe,” said Hoeven. “While we remember the sacrifices of these selfless men and women and their families every day, we have designated October 26 as a national day of honor for our deployed service members. We hope that all Americans will reflect on the service of members of our Armed Forces who have left behind family, friends and the comforts of home to answer the call to serve. We pay tribute to these brave Americans on October 26 and every day.”

Currently, more than 2 million people serve as members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those in the active duty, Guard and Reserve Components, with several hundred thousand members deployed each year to 150 countries around the world.

This year marks the tenth year that the Day of the Deployed has been celebrated. As Governor of North Dakota, Hoeven launched the first Day of the Deployed on October 26, 2006. The senator has continued to spearhead the effort in the Senate, sponsoring the first Senate resolution calling for a national Day of the Deployed in 2011.

The full text of the resolution is available here.