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History and Heritage

Armed Forces Day

This month we take the time to thank our military members for serving and remember the veterans who sacrificed so much for their country.


One of those days is Armed Forces day, this is where we thank and honor our military members.

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 the Department of Defense.