May 21, 2016 will mark the 66th annual celebration of Armed Forces Day. This nationally recognized day originated in 1950 by Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Louis Johnson, in an effort to combine the formally separated Army, Navy and Air Force Days.
The U.S. Department of Defense designed this day in the hopes of spreading awareness and expanding civilian understanding of what role the military plays for our nation.
Today, Armed Forces Day recognizes and honors all those who have served/currently serve in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Armed Forces Day is celebrated with a particular theme each year. The original theme in 1950 being, “Teamed for Defense”. Some other past themes include “Liberty”, “Patriotism”, “Power for Peace”, “Special Opportunity for Thanks”, etc.
There are many events that take place nation-wide on every third Saturday in May in honor of recognizing Armed Forces Day. Such events include parades, themed motorcycle rides, military displays and gatherings at a number of military memorials.
Armed Forces Day is a time for all people of the United States to pause and thank our servicemen for all it is they do for our nation.
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