Armed Forces Day Facts

Armed Forces Day Facts
The United States is one of several countries that celebrate an annual Armed Forces Day. President Harry S. Truman was instrumental in establishing this American holiday as a way to thank the military and their families for their service. It was created on August 31st, 1949 and was first observed on May 20th, 1950. Although Armed Forces Day was created to replace the days already celebrated by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Marine Corp, those branches of the military still observe their own specific days in addition to Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day falls on the third Saturday in May each year, and each year there is a theme to the celebration.
Interesting Armed Forces Day Facts:
President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act into law on July 26th, 1947, which joined four military branches. It essentially combined the Army, Navy, Marine Corp and Air Force under the Secretary of Defense's authority.
The National Military Establishment was established in 1947 as a result of the National Security Act.
In 1949 the Department of Defense replaced the National Military Establishment.
Secretary of Defense in 1949 Louis Johnson announced Armed Forces Day on August 31st, 1949, and President Truman proclaimed the first Armed Forces Day on February 27th, 1950 to be observed on May 20th that year.
The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated nationwide with parades, air shows, receptions and open houses.
The first theme for Armed Forces Day was 'Teamed for Defense'.
On Armed Forces Day military exercises are held at sea, in the air, and on land as a means to honor their members and to show the U.S. civilian population their state-of-the-art equipment.
Armed Forces Day is not a federal holiday.
The Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, Washington is the longest running city sponsored parade of its kind. In 2015 it will be the parade's 67th anniversary.
The parade held in New York City on the first Armed Forces Day had more than 36,000 participants.
On the first Armed Forces Day B-36 bombers flew over every U.S. capital.
On the first Armed Forces Day there was a march in Washington, D.C. with more than 10,000 veterans and troops.
President John F. Kennedy issued Proclamation 3399 on March 18th, 1961 making Armed Forces an official national holiday.
It is tradition to fly the American flag on Armed Forces Day. It is also common to see people wearing patriotic colored clothing on Armed Forces Day.
The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest employer in America with approximately 2.3 million serving and 1.8 on active duty. Due to retirement or completed service the armed forces must recruit approximately 165,000 people each year.
Other countries that celebrate an all-in-one Armed Forces Day include Armenia, Australia and 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.

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