Since 1996, November has been Month of the Military Family.

It’s a time set aside to recognize the daily sacrifices that the families of active duty, National Guard and Army Reserve members make.

This year the theme is “Staying Ready Together.”

Army Community Service kicked off the monthlong celebration with a “Be a Hero” celebration Thursday at the Pershing Welcome Center.

“It is not lost on any Soldier, or the Department of Defense, or the Army, that our families serve alongside our Soldier and that they are often put in infinitely more complex and difficult situations,” Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Billy Counts said.

“We just wanted to take a little bit of time and do something that we should have done every day of the year and that’s recognize the resiliency, recognize the strength and recognize the backbone that is the military family.”

During the event, children and some of their parents, dressed up in costumes and enjoyed cake, treats and games.

Throughout November, Army Community Service will have information on topics like financial readiness, relocation, Survivor Outreach Services, resilience and other family member resources.

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“The family is the backbone of our Army,” Counts said. “Our families are taking care of business back home.

“Our families are doing all of the things that we often take for granted.

“My job is easy – serving. I go and do what the Army tells me to do, but my wife is left back home dealing with all the pieces.”

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