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Release No: 075-00
May 11, 2000

50th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day Events - National Capital Area

The following schedule details many of the 50th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD) events in the National Capital Region:

Monday - Friday, May 15-19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT. A military Service band (combo) will perform in Pentagon Center Court (different military Service each day). Open to media.

Wednesday, May 17, 10 - 10:30 a.m. The Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman will host a stamp cancellation ceremony, cut a ribbon officially opening the 50th anniversary of the AFD panel display, and present a Joint Service Commendation Medal to Master Sgt. Doug Sanderson for designing the AFD poster. The events will take place at the 2nd corridor adjacent to the closed cafeteria. All Pentagon employees are invited to attend. At the ceremony's conclusion, the United States Postal Service (USPS) opens the stamp cancellation operation (see next item). Open to media.

Wednesday - Friday, May 17-19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. USPS operates a stamp cancellation post office (same location as the May 17 ceremonies). Pentagon employees and visitors can get 50th anniversary packets including litter bags, book marks, kitchen magnets, foil-covered 50th anniversary chocolate coins and a 50th anniversary cachet envelope. The post office will sell the new "Honoring Those Who Served" 33-cent stamps and apply a specially designed 50th Anniversary cancellation to the envelopes. Open to media.

Thursday, May 18, 10 - 11a.m. The Secretary of Defense will host an honor ceremony on the River Parade Field honoring approximately 300 military and civilian "unsung hero" employees who work for DoD in the National Capital region. Each "hero" will receive the 50th Anniversary packet with a cachet envelope that is stamped, canceled and will have a Secretary of Defense autopenned signature. The Army's Golden Knights parachute team will conclude the ceremony by parachuting on to the parade field. Open to media.

Friday, May 19, 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen will host the opening ceremony of the Joint Service Open House (JSOH) at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Also scheduled to attend are Gen. Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Sen. John Glenn and Rodney Slater, secretary of Transportation. 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. (See below). Attendance today is limited to government employees and their families, senior citizens, selected area school children and handicapped. Open to media.

Saturday - Sunday, May 20 - 21, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. JSOH at Andrews Air Force Base. All three Service demonstration teams will perform each day (Air Force Thunderbirds, Navy Blue Angels, Army Golden Knights). The B-2 Spirit bomber will be on static display for the first time at Andrews Air Force Base. V-22 Ospreys, if available, also will be on static display (also first time at Andrews). The 82nd Airborne Division also will jump each day. USPS will offer 50th Anniversary Stamp cancellation each day. The National Guard Bureau is providing the same cachet envelopes (for small fee). Attendance is open to the general public. Open to media.

Armed Forces Days Supporting Activities

Web Site http://www.defenselink.mil/afd/ The AFD web site has been expanded to incorporate direct input of AFD activities and a web page that lists events by state. More than 100 events are now listed.

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