Saluting Our Heroes: Tales of Valor on Armed Forces Day

Saluting Our Heroes: Tales of Valor on Armed Forces Day


USBA Honors Armed Forces Day - Senior Airman Meghan Hutton

Armed Forces Day stands as a beacon of gratitude, a moment when communities unite to honor the brave men and women who selflessly serve their nation. As a joint celebration of all U.S. military branches, Armed Forces Day shines a spotlight on the acts of valor exhibited by service members in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard, as well as the National Guard and Reserve components. It is also celebrated around the world in countries across North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and more.

Origins of U.S. Armed Forces Day
In 1949, President Harry S. Truman established Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps Days, unifying the recognition of all military branches under one day of celebration. Observed annually on the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day in the United States was established to:

  • Honor and recognize the dedication, sacrifices, and service of active-duty service members who safeguard our nation’s security and defend its freedoms.
  • Increase public awareness and appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of the various U.S. armed forces.
  • Bring together communities of civilians and military personnel, fostering patriotism and national unity.
  • Express gratitude and support for service members and their families.

Celebrating Service Members Across Military Branches
On Armed Forces Day, communities across the nation hold events to mark the special day. These meaningful celebrations are a tribute to the bravery, commitment, and contributions of the men and women who serve in the armed forces.

This year, Armed Forces Day is on Saturday, May 18. Events and activities, such as military parades, air shows, ceremonies, and community gatherings, will help provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the military and its role in national defense and show support for service members and their families.

“Our servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace — many of them away from their homes, their friends, and their families. They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat to the peace with measured strength and high resolve. They are also evidence of a harsh but inescapable truth — that the survival of freedom requires great cost and commitment, and great personal sacrifice.” — President John F. Kennedy

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