Armed Forces Day is a day to celebrate the men and women who serve in the United States military. It is typically celebrated on the third Saturday of May every year. Activities may include parades, concerts, and speeches. Armed Forces Day aims to honor the men and women who have served in the military and remind civilians of their sacrifices on behalf of their country. Armed Forces Day also serves to promote patriotism and appreciation for the military.
History of Armed Forces Day
The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on May 15, 1919. It was created as an unofficial holiday by Congress to honor servicemen and women who had served in World War I. The original date was chosen to coincide with Memorial Day, which was also an unofficial holiday created to honor servicemen and women who had died in the military. Armed Forces Day was officially proclaimed a national holiday by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941. The day also commemorated the founding of the United States Armed Forces in 1775.Read More »