Armed Forces Day Today
This marks the 67th Armed Forces Day in the U.S. The first one occurred on August 31, 1949 when then Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson created the day to honor our military. This day honors current and former members of all branches of the U.S. military including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard and Coast Guard. The day is celebrated with air shows, ceremonies and parades around the country.
Last year, a proclamation was issued by President Barack Obama. It read: “the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who comprise our Armed Forces have defended our Nation and the values for which we stand for generations, answering the call to give up the comforts of civilian life, do whatever it takes to keep us safe, and go wherever they are needed. On Armed Forces Day, we offer our most profound gratitude to the patriots -- at home and abroad -- who have risked their lives so our people can live knowing the fullest measure of freedom and security.”
He encouraged public officials and civilizations to observe this day. “I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to provide for the observance of Armed Forces Day within their jurisdiction each year in an appropriate manner designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of the Armed Forces of the United States. I also invite veterans, civic leaders, and organizations to join in the observance of Armed Forces Day,” he said. “Finally, I call upon all Americans to display the flag of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day, and I urge citizens to learn more about military service by attending and participating in the local observances of the day. I also encourage Americans to volunteer at organizations that provide support to our troops and their families.”
A tweet from the Department of Defense today read: “On this #ArmedForcesDay, thanks to all our service members for their patriotic service in support of our country.”
Armed Forces Day is part of Armed Forces Week, an entire week dedicated to honoring our military. Veterans are eligible for military discounts at participating retailers and restaurants today.