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Celebrating the 68th annual Armed Forces Day

Honoring Armed Forces Day.

Honoring Armed Forces Day.

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Honoring Armed Forces Day.

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On the third Saturday of May, Armed Forces Day is nationally held. This year, it will be on May 19. In downtown Pensacola, people can enjoy the large pelicans that are painted to represent the branches of the military because Pensacola has a rich military history. Just northeast of Pensacola, a car show will be held in Crestview, Florida, in honor of the Armed Forces. The proceeds will benefit the Young Marines.

In the past, each branch of military had its own day for celebrations. President Harry S. Truman led the establishment of a holiday to unite and honor military heroes of all the branches in one day. In 1947, the National Security Act was signed, creating the National Military Establishment. This was replaced by the Department of Defense in 1949. The creation of this combined celebration was announced on August 31, 1949 by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson. On May 20, 1950 the first Armed Forces Day was held and themed, “Teamed for Defense.” (Each year has a different theme.) In 1961, John F. Kennedy issued the Proclamation 3399, making it a national holiday.  

Armed Forces Day is part of Armed Forces Week, which is always the second Saturday of May through the third Sunday. People celebrate the largest employer in America, the Department of Defense, with just over two million serving and almost two million on active duty, which combines all the branches of military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Other days throughout the year are also held in honor of the military. 

People march in an Armed Forces Day parade.

Celebrations include exercises, receptions, air shows, shopping discounts, open houses at military bases, and tens of thousands of people march in parades. Some people send care packages to those overseas or simply fly the American Flag. Visiting a Veteran’s Hospital can also show support. Educational exhibits for children and the bugle call, “Taps,” are played. “Taps” are played by the bugle or trumpet to signify the extinguishing of unauthorized lights and are played at the end of the day or at a military funeral.  

Armed Forces Day is a great opportunity to show your support of the US military and our country. 

Souces:  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugle 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugle_call 

https://archive.org/details/TapsBugleCall 

https://www.usveteransmagazine.com/2017/05/16/celebrate-armed-forces-day/ 

https://www.wincalendar.com/Armed-Forces-Day 

https://www.cnn.com/2013/08/16/us/armed-forces-day-fast-facts/index.html 

http://www.softschools.com/facts/holidays/armed_forces_day_facts/1337/ 

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/armed-forces-day 

https://militarybenefits.info/armed-forces-day/ 

Armed Forces Day Car Show

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