National Day of the Deployed was founded by Shelle Michaels Aberle in North Dakota in 2006. She approached ND Governor John Hoeven, who became the first governor in the U.S. to formally recognize deployed troops in a proclamation.
Why October 26th? It was a personal connection for Aberle. Her cousin, LTC David Hosna deployed to Iraq from Germany, and October 26th is his birthday.
The first event for Day of the Deployed took place in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In 2011, Senator John Hoeven successfully led the campaign to nationally recognize this day of honor, co-sponsoring S.RES.295. On October 18th, 2011, the resolution passed with every vote, and Day of the Deployed went national. National Day of the Deployed has been celebrated nationwide since 2012!
This year, you can show your appreciation for the day on social media using the hashtag #DayOfTheDeployed. If you have a loved one deployed, write or email them and tell them you appreciate the service they’re giving to you and our country.
Watch Governor Hoeven talk about Day of the Deployed below.