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Armed Forces Day


Saturday, May 19, 2012

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Armed Forces Day


When : Third Saturday in May

This is simply a day to salute sharply to all of the men and women in all branches of the service who protect our country and you. They can be called upon at a moment's notice to perform a risky and perilous mission for freedom and country. They train diligently both physically and mentally so they will be prepared to prevail in any mission they face.

Just how did it all begin? Well, each branch of the military had their own day of celebration. But, on August 31, 1949 then Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day. President Harry Truman also announced the holiday in a presidential proclamation on February 20, 1950. All branches of the military were asked to celebrate on this day and they complied on the first Armed Forces Day which was held the following year on May 20, 1950.

More Information:

U.S. Department of Defense

Armed Forces Day 3rd Saturday in May

Smithsonian's Armed Forces History
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DIDMIS 5/20/2012 12:12AM

    I wish to t hank all of the veterans out there. God bless you all.
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CAROLYN0107 5/19/2012 10:06AM

    Thanks for the history lesson. I am a U.S. Army Veteran....Nurse. I've not served for almost 40 years now but I do sure thank those who do!!

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CAROLYN0107 5/19/2012 10:01AM

    Thanks for the history lesson. I am a U.S. Army Veteran....Nurse. I've not served for almost 40 years now but I do sure thank those who do!!

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