Happy Armed Forces Day!
Isn’t Military Appreciation Month just great? There are so many military holidays!
Armed Forces Day is a day set aside to honor the men and women serving in our military. According to the military benefits website, President Truman is the one who created this day, and the first official day for this holiday occurred in 1950. Armed Forces Day replaced the separate celebration days for each branch of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) and became a national holiday in 1961.
Armed Forces Day, according to military.com, was meant to bring together and unite those serving in the armed forces.
“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 united forces of our land, sea, and air defense.” President Truman’s Presidential Proclamation of February 27, 1950 (military,com)
What’s cool about this holiday is that America isn’t the only one to celebrate it. Though Armed Forces Day falls on different days in other countries, 30+ other countries celebrate Armed Forces Day.
It’s that serious.
Armed Forces Day helps bring communities together to recognize the people who are fighting for their freedoms and rights every day. Every member of the military, whether on active duty, reserve, or once a member in the past, should be thanked for their service.
“I call upon my fellow citizens to display the flag of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day and to participate in exercises expressive of our recognition of the skill, gallantry, and uncompromising devotion to duty characteristic of the Armed Forces in the carrying out of their missions.” President Truman’s February 27, 1950 Proclamation (presidency.ucsb.edu)
America would not be where they are today if it weren’t for the men and women in the Armed Forces.
Never take the freedom you have for granted. It did not come for free; someone had to pay the price. And someone has to continue to fight for that freedom that had been fought for.
Armed Forces Day is a great way for civilians to thank, appreciate, and recognize veterans. But don’t let it stop at one day. Thank them every day for the rest of your life.
Hold a picnic. Invite an Armed Forces member to your house for dinner. If you own a store or sell some sort of product or service, offer discounts. Throw or walk in a parade. Go visit a disabled veteran. Visit or support a military organization. Show your gratitude and appreciation.
“Our Servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace – many of them away from their homes, their friends and their families. They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat to the peace with measured strength and high resolve. They are also evidence of a harsh but inescapable truth – that the survival of freedom requires great cost and commitment, and great personal sacrifice” President Kennedy in 1963 (militarybenefits.info)
The freedom you have as an American was not cheap and is still not cheap.