Do you ever wonder how organizations, businesses, and individuals know when a certain observance or awareness month, week, or day is? If so, below is a tailored list of observances for the month of March 2021 specifically for military, Veterans, and LGBTQ+ folx. We may issue graphics for some of the events listed below. For those that are not illustrated, there are links below to find out more information.
- March 2, 1943: The Battle of the Bismarck Sea Begins
- March 3, 1915: The U.S. Navy Reserve is established
- March 4, 1789: The 1st Meeting of Congress under the U.S. Constitution occurs in New York City
- March 5, 1942: The U.S. Navy Seabees are founded
- March 7, 2019: U.S. District Judge George Russell III lifts order against the Trump Administration’s transgender military ban
- March 8, 2019: The Pentagon announces enforcement of the transgender military ban
- March 10, 1778: Lt. Frederick Gotthold Ensign is dismissed for “sodomy”
- March 13, 2014: The Palm Center reports no compelling medical reason for the transgender military ban
- March 15, 1919: The American Legion is founded
- March 15, 1942: U.S. War Department lays out procedures for rejecting gay draftees
- March 19, 1941: The Tuskegee Airmen are founded
- March 19, 2003: Operation IRAQI FREEDOM begins
- March 24, 1999: The Kosovo War begins
- March 27, 1947: The Truman Doctrine Policy is created
- March 27, 1981: Doe v. Alexander allows the U.S. military to refine regulations to deny payment for hormonal therapy and reassignment surgeries; those found to be taking therapies or having surgeries were barred from enlisting or discharged from the ranks.
- March 29, 1994: The Somalia Campaign ends
- Women Veterans History: Throughout our history, the important contributions of women in our nation’s defense and as part of the Veteran population cannot be overstated. The VA dedicates Women’s History Month in March to remember women who served our nation throughout history. This observance grants deserved recognition and acknowledges the achievements of women in the military.
- Brain Injury Awareness: The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month in March each year. The theme for the 2021 to 2023 campaign is More Than My Brain Injury.
- Colorectal Cancer Awareness: In February 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colorectal cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colorectal cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, talking to friends and family about screening and so much more.
- Multiple Sclerosis Awareness: March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and MSAA is proud to support this national campaign with several online educational activities. MSAA has focused the 2021 awareness initiative on Improving Mental Health and Wellness with specific programs addressing Purpose in Life, depression and anxiety in MS, care partnering, and wellness strategies to improve symptom management and overall quality of life.
- Bleeding Disorders Awareness: March is nationally recognized as Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Join the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) in celebrating and honoring the bleeding disorders community. In 2016, thanks to NHF’s advocacy efforts, March was officially designated as Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness: Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month is observed every March. The public health initiative is intended to educate the public about this serious and often undiagnosed condition and its potentially fatal complication, pulmonary embolism. DVT is caused when a blood clot forms deep in the body. PE occurs when clots above the knee break off, travel through the blood stream and lead to a blocked vessel in the lung. Together, DVT and PE are known as venous thromboembolism.
- Nutrition: March is the best month of the year, because it’s National Nutrition Month! National Nutrition Month is an annual information and education campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). It was first initiated in 1973 as National Nutrition Week, and it became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing interest in nutrition.
- Caffeine Awareness: In 2003, the Caffeine Awareness Alliance formed, with the mission “to provide objective, evidence-based information and advice to help reduce the health, social, and economic harm associated with caffeine abuse and addiction.” The Alliance became a 501(c) nonprofit, and staked a big enough claim with their solid points about caffeine overuse to bring National Caffeine Awareness Month into wide recognition.
- Peanuts: Believed to be first cultivated about 8,000 years ago in Peru, peanuts pack in a lot of goodness – plenty of proteins, healthy carbs, and as many as 30 key nutrients. They are good for your heart as well as your mental health, and there are plenty of ways to use peanuts – George Washington Carver came up with 300! Given their goodness, it makes sense to have an entire month dedicated to them. Here’s to March, the National Peanut Month!
- March 7th to 13th: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week
- March 22nd to 26th: National LGBT Health Awareness Week
- March 1st: Zero Discrimination Day
- March 3rd: National Anthem Day & Caregiver Appreciation Day
- March 4th: Hug A G.I. Day
- March 10th: National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- March 13th: K9 Veterans Day & National Good Samaritan Day
- March 20th: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- March 25th: Medal of Honor Day
- March 29th: National Vietnam War Veterans Day
- March 31st: International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV)