ARMED FORCES DAY
Armed Forces Day, on the third Saturday in May, pays tribute to the military personnel serving in the United States Armed Forces. The celebration takes place each year during Armed Forces Week.
The United States Military is composed of six branches, including the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard. As of 2019, more than 1.3 million active-duty service members are stationed in the United States and around the world. An additional 800,000 reservists stand ready in the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. The holiday unites the country behind the men and women who currently serve in the United States military.
ARMED FORCES DAY HISTORY It was with the idea for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country that President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish this single holiday. The one day celebration then stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard Days. President John F. Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday in 1962.