May 21 is Armed Forces Day. The theme this year is: “United in Strength.”
It’s a day for parades, picnics and celebrations. Mostly, however, it is a day to honor all the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
History of Armed Forces Day
The American military has always been an organization worth celebrating. For many years, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard had separate days set aside to honor each branch. In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson officially announced the creation of one day to recognize all 5 branches of service: Armed Forces Day.
Individual branches of the military still acknowledge their individual days, but they all rally behind Armed Forces Day. President Harry S. Truman publicly celebrated the concept of Armed Forces Day, and eagerly praised the work of the military at home and abroad.
First Armed Forces Day
May 20, 1950 marked the first Armed Forces Day. The theme was “Teamed for Defense.” It was intended to showcase a strong sense of unity among the 5 military branches.
That first celebration included massive parades, receptions and air shows. Large groups of military veterans and cadets marched in New York City, Washington D.C. and even Berlin. Old ships from World War II were cleaned up and made available for public viewing. It was a tremendous, nation-wide celebration of the American military.
March 21, 2011
At PeopleFinders, we pay homage to all the men who women who served in the U.S. military. They make so many sacrifices that most of us could never even imagine. They serve diligently to help preserve our freedoms. They fight, and sometimes willingly give their lives for their country. For us. So we can enjoy our freedoms.
Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for us to say thank you. Spend the day with your family and friends, but take a moment to celebrate the troops. Past and present.
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