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Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 17, 2014

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

This Day in History May 17th

Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River. (1673)

American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Quebec. (1775)

The New York Stock Exchange is formed. (1792)

Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian. (1814)

A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground. (1849)

Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby. (1875)

Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer. (1902)

The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States' first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City. (1939)

World War II: the old city centre of the Dutch town of Middelburg is bombed by the German Luftwaffe, to force the surrender of the Dutch armies in Zeeland. (1940)

Six-Day War: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt. (1967)

Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate. (1973)

Police in Los Angeles, California, raid the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall. (1974)

The U.S. Department of Energy declassifies documents showing world's largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (ultimately found to be 4.2 million pounds), in response to the Appalachian Observer's Freedom of Information Act request. 91983)

Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. (1983)

An Iraqi Dassault Mirage F1 fighter jet fires two missiles into the U.S. Navy warship USS Stark, killing 37 and injuring 21 of her crew. (1987)

The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases. (1990)

The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef. (2006)

Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953. (2007)
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