Armed Forces Day, celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It is a day we celebrate all military current and past.
This day came about on Aug. 31, 1949. Defense Secretary Louis Johnson. As a replacement for separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of forces under one Department of Defense by then-President Harry S. Truman when he signed the National Security Act into law on July 26, 1947.
In a speech excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Truman stated: “Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, toward the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.”
How Armed Forces Day Differs from Veterans Day and Memorial Day
Veterans Day, previously observed as Armistice Day-the end of World War I. It honored those who served our nation at war. Today, we honor our veterans that have served our country in all wars.
Memorial Day, honors those who died serving our nation at war.
Armed Forces Day honors all our milliatary, both active and former, in the reserves, National Guard or on active duty. As well as those who have served and sacrificed to defend our freedom.
Celebrations for this Special Day
Armed Forces Day is celebrated in American communities and on military bases. On this day, there are parades, festivals, picnics and much more, not only in the United States, but throughout the world.
Show your support by flying your flag, attending local parades and other events. Most of all on this day and every other day, remember to thank our veterans for their service to our country.