Saturday, May 17, 2008

Armed Forces Day

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense.

Especially in times like ours, it is important to remember that there are others out there sacrificing their lives and their lifestyles while we are able to comfortably live ours. Every day is a good day to pay tribute to a soldier.

1 comment:

  1. On the way back from the beach today, we drove through Camp LeJeune. Every time we pass through there on Highway 24 I can't help but stare out the window and try my best to read some of the 'welcome home' banners that line the chain length fences along the highway. Some make me laugh, but most make me wonder about the brave men and women protecting our country. I need to stop, find some Marines and tell them 'THANK YOU' for sure!