U.S. Armed Forces Day
About Armed Forces Day
Date When Celebrated: Armed Forces Day is always observed on Third Saturday in May
Armed Forces Day is simply a day to salute sharply all of the men and women in all branches of the military, who protect you and our country. They are often 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 are prepared to prevail in any mission they face.
A Bit of Wisdom for Today
Make peace with your past, so it won’t disturb the present. – – Author Unknown
History and Origin of U.S. Armed Forces Day
Just how did it all begin? Well, each branch of the military had its 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 celebrate this day and they complied on the first Armed Forces Day which was held the following year on May 20, 1950.
Branches of the Military
There are six branches of the U.S. Military. They are:
Army – Created in 1775, the Army is the oldest branch of the military.
Air Force – The National Security Act of 1947 created the Air Force.
Navy – Founded on October 13, 1775, the U.S. Navy is the largest and strongest in the world. See Navy Day.
Marine Corps – Created on November 10, 1775. The marines focus on aggressive offensive operations.
Coast Guard – Created on August 4, 1790, the Coast Guard provides maritime security.
Space Force – The newest branch of the military was officially established on December 20, 2019.
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