Armed Forces Day Thank You for All Military
An Armed Forces Day ‘thank you’ is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. The White House issued a proclamation for today, a reminder that we should never forget to thank our military heroes for what they do.
The proclamation reads, in part:
From Normandy and Iwo Jima through Operations Desert Storm and Inherent Resolve, our Nation’s Armed Forces have consistently made us proud by defeating our enemies and defending the freedoms we cherish. Their bravery, love of country, and devotion to duty are unmatched, and we are eternally grateful for the sacrifices they make for all American citizens. On Armed Forces Day, we honor all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who make up the finest military in the world.
Every day, tens of thousands of American troops risk their lives and sacrifice time with their families and friends to protect our national security and keep us safe. Through their strength and dedication to our country, they protect our freedoms, interests, and way of life at duty stations all around the world. We thank them for their incredible service, and we recognize that our Nation has a sacred obligation to ensure that our Armed Forces remain ready and fully equipped to face any threat.
On Armed Forces Day, we honor all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who make up the finest military in the world. pic.twitter.com/ciAhEsm0mX— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 18, 2019
So what’s the difference in these military holidays? Veteran’s Day honors those who have served. Memorial Day honors the fallen. Armed Forces Day honors those who currently serve in the United States Military. Armed Forces Day is not a Federal holiday, but an Armed Forces Day thank you is important.
“Our Servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace–many of them away from their homes, their friends and their families. They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat to the peace with measured strength and high resolve. They are also evidence of a harsh but inescapable truth–that the survival of freedom requires great cost and commitment, and great personal sacrifice.” President John F. Kennedy, 1963
The first official Armed Forces Day took place on May 20, 1950 after the original celebrations prior to 1949 were held separately by each branch.