Every Third Saturday of each May we celebrate “Armed Forces Day”.
Before President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the third Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day in 1949, the three major branches of the United States armed forces—the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force—held elaborate celebrations on three different days during the year. Although the service units continue to celebrate their own days on April 6 (Army), October 27 (Navy), the second Saturday in September (Air Force), and November 10 (Marine Corps), the purpose of Armed Forces Day is to promote the unification of the branches under the Department of Defense (which took place in 1947) and to pay tribute to those serving in all the armed forces.
While commemorations of the individual service units are usually confined to military bases, the celebration of Armed Forces Day entails much broader participation. In addition to the huge parade held on this day each year in New York City, the armed forces often hold “open house” to acquaint the public with their facilities and to demonstrate some of the latest technological advances.
Many countries around the world set aside a special day for their armed forces too. It’s right to give honor to those that protect your rights and freedom. Find Time to Thank a Vet today!