Hoeven: Senate Declares Oct. 26 Day of the Deployed in Honor of Deployed Servicemembers and Their Families

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution to honor the nation’s deployed service members and their families and declare October 26, 2013 as Day of the Deployed.

“Our service members deployed on missions around the world are making tremendous sacrifices defending our freedoms and our way of life,” said Hoeven. “The Day of the Deployed is a national effort to show our support for our deployed service members and their families and to honor their service. We hope that Americans will join with us to honor these brave American families and pay tribute to them on October 26.”

Currently, more than 2.5 million people serve as members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those in the active guard and reserve components, with thousands of members deployed each year to 150 countries around the world.

The resolution calls on all Americans to reflect on the service of all members of the Armed Forces and encourages people to observe the Day of the Deployed with ceremonies and activities. 

As Governor of North Dakota, Hoeven launched the first Day of the Deployed on Oct. 26, 2006. Hoeven continued to spearhead the effort in the Senate, sponsoring the first Senate resolution calling for a national Day of the Deployed in 2011.