Armed Forces Day 2019

Jordan Armstrong, Reporter

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Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. This year it will be celebrated on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces.

The first official Armed Forces Day took place on May 20, 1950 and was themed as “Teamed for Defense.” In honor of the special day, B-36 Bombers flew over state capitals. Also, a march was led by more than 10,000 veterans and troops in Washington, D.C. and over 33,000 people participated in a New York City parade.

In addition, the first Armed Forces Day also played an essential part in educating society and expanding public knowledge of the military and its role in the community. Therefore, it wasn’t only a means to honor those who serve or who have served in the military, but it was also a way to showcase its top of the line equipment and abilities used to protect our country.

Interestingly, the marked celebration isn’t just limited to the United States. Other countries who honor this victorious day include:

Armenia, Australia, New Zealand, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, Mali, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, North Korea, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

In 1961, John F. Kennedy declared Armed Forces Day a national holiday. It’s celebrated on the third Saturday of every May and is exhibited by exercises, parades, and receptions that highlight and honor our amazing military in all of its glory.

Some other ways to celebrate the special occasion include wearing red, white and blue, flying the American Flag, talking with or writing to a military member, donating to military-based organizations, or sending care packages for those serving overseas.

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