‘Day of the Deployed’ honors military members, families

WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution to honor the nation’s deployed service members and their families and declare today 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 Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. “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.”

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. He continued to spearhead the effort in the Senate, sponsoring the first Senate resolution calling for a national Day of the Deployed in 2011.