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SOME FACTS AND HISTORY ABOUT ARMED FORCES DAY

All of the separate branches of the Armed Forces originally had their own celebratory day.  President Truman combined all of these separate celebrations into one holiday, Armed Forces Day, by proclamation in 1950. Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of May.  Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the Third Sunday of May (although National Guard and Reservists may celebrate during any week of May).

The individual holidays for each branch of the Armed Forces was celebrated on the following days: Air Force Day = Aug. 1st; Army Day = April 6th; Coast Guard Day = August 4th; Marine Corps Day = Nov. 10th; and Navy Day = Oct. 27th.

WEBSITES AND ARTICLES ABOUT ARMED FORCES DAY

GIFT IDEAS FOR ARMED FORCES DAY

Armed Forces Day Facts and History

Armed Forces Day (Dep't of Defense): History, information and events relating to the holiday.

Armed Forces Day (BlackFive): Information and history about the holiday and military related issues.

Helping Your Country & Our Troops

Join the Armed Forces (draco.aspensys .com): Links to with information on joining each branch of the Armed Forces.

Defend America: Support Our Troops (Dep't of Defense): Information, links and ideas on how to best support out troops.

Armed Forces Day, like all of the the other holidays commemorating all of our military units, is day is not a traditional gift giving day.  It is a day to celebrate the men and women who serve to protect our freedoms.  This is especially true with our current involvement in other countries in the world.  Think about them and remember them in your prayers. You can commemorate this in the ways suggested below.

Armed Forces Day Gift Giving Ideas:

  • For those currently serving

    • Go to one of the websites listed and send supplies or goodies to those currently serving

  • For veterans

    • Commemorate their service with a gift.  The gift does not have to be expensive.  For instance, give a mug, statue or pocket knife with a military or pro-American symbol like a Bald Eagle or American Flag.

    • Books or movies about the military (fiction and non-fiction)

    • Gift Baskets or make them some homemade cookies

  • For military enthusiasts

    • Books on military history

    • War movies

    • Military memorabilia

  • Travel

    • To places of military events or history

    • To a family member who is or was in the military

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