Armed Forces Day: May 19th
The third Saturday of each May celebrates Armed Forces Day. This day honors everyone serving in the United States military branches -- Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy.
While President John F. Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday in 1962, it was President Harry S. Truman, who began the effort to set aside a day to recognize the service of our armed forces. In 1949, Armed Forces Day was established to replace individual Army, Navy, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force Days. The first official Armed Forces Day took place on May 20, 1950, and was themed “Teamed for Defense.”
Armed Forces Day seems to be a holiday that seems to fall "under the radar," as compared with Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. But please take this opportunity to observe Armed Forces Day and Week by thanking a member of our brave military for their patriotism, their heroism, their service, and their sacrifice. There is a very true saying that "heroes don't wear capes, they wear dog tags."
"Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier."
... Zell Miller
"The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose and that is the path of surrender or submission."
... John F. Kennedy
"Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces."
... Charlie Dent