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Public Service Recognition Week Offers Outlets for Pride

Every year since 1985, a week in early May has been set aside as Public Service Recognition Week, a time to thank dedicated public servants from federal, state and local governments across the country.

During this special week, you have an opportunity to share your pride in your public service. One way you can do that is by participating in NIH’s photo campaign for Public Service Recognition Week. Here’s how it works: 

  • Take a photo with your completed “I Heart Public Service” template at
  • Post your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the following hashtags: #NIH, #HHS, #PSRW and #Proud2ServeUSA. The #NIH hashtag allows NIH to find its employees.
  • You can also email your photo to Images will be posted on NIH social media outlets.

Another way to participate is by thanking others for their service with the Public Service Star Awards to recognize your coworkers for their outstanding public service. The Star Awards can be found at the same link as I Heart Public Service. 

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Anait Freeman at Visit for a list of local observances.

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