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Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 18, 2013

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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

This Day in History May 18

In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts. (1631)

Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal. (1652)

First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown (later called Saint John), New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States. (1783)

Napoleon Bonaparte becomes Emperor of France (1804)

Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State. (1860)

American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg begins. (1863)

The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine is constitutional. (1896)

World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription. (1917)

Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears while visiting a Venice, California beach. (1926)

The Bath School Disaster: forty-five people are killed by bombs planted by a disgruntled school-board member in Michigan. (1927)

New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority. (1933)

Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier. (1953)

1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. (1980)

Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego. (1995)

A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons: Nix and Hydra. (2005)

Facebook, Inc. began selling stock to the public and trading on the NASDAQ. (2012)
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    I was not familiar with Armed Forces Day. Thanks for the post.
    1666 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I applaud all of the people who give of their life to protect us. WHether that is loss of life or service in their lifetime. We owe them more than a salute. I thank every person I see with a vets hat on.
    Our family is almost all females, they could not enlist back then, but my dad was a navy vet, cousin Steve too. Cousin Buddy army vet..
    1667 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2013 7:03:53 PM
  • PMAY0313
    1667 days ago
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    1667 days ago
    My family is heavily service related. Dad served in the army. Son - helicopter pilot, career army; son-in-law - navy reserve, former Marine. Son - former army reserve; brother-in-law - air force. 2 nephews - army, etc
    1667 days ago
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