Armed Forces Day History
Armed Forces Day is a day to recognize members of the Armed Forces that are currently serving. In 1947, the Armed Forces of the US were united under one department which was renamed the Department of Defense in 1949. President Harry S. Truman supported the creation of a day for the nation to unite in support and recognition or our military members and their families. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced that Armed Forces Day would take the place of other individual branch celebrations, and all branches of the military would be honored this single day. Armed Forces Day takes place on the third Saturday in May.
Armed Forces Day Facts & Quotes
- The creation of Armed Forces Day was announced on August 31, 1949 by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson. It was meant to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.
- According to the US Dept of Defense, as of 2013, there are 1,387,493 personnel serving in active duty in the United States; 1,259,000 are serving in the different reserve branches.
- As of September 2011, there were just over 214,000 women serving in active duty. That is 14.6% of all active duty personnel.
One of the best ways to keep peace is to be prepared for war. - General George Washington
Armed Forces Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Attend a parade or a military air show.
- Send a care package to military personnel stationed overseas. Free flat-rate boxes are available at USPS. Use these to mail to military bases for a low cost.
- Fly the American Flag.
- Visit a local Veteran's Hospital or Nursing Home to show your gratitude.
- Honor Military Working Dogs by donating to the ASPCA or other charitable organizations that protect and serve these heroic animals.