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Pentagon Celebrates Armed Forces Day

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2000 – Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the new vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted a three-event ceremony at the Pentagon May 17 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Armed Forces Day.

The ceremony highlighted an award to the first service member to design the Armed Forces Day poster in the 50-year history of the event; the issuance of a U.S. Postal Service special pictorial cancellation and Armed Forces Day cachet; and a ribbon cutting opening a 50th Armed Forces Day anniversary exhibit.

The poster art was designed by Air Force Master Sgt. Douglas J. Sanderson, a team leader and instructor in the basic graphics course at the Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md. Myers presented the sergeant the Joint Service Commendation Medal in recognition of his winning design.

The U.S. Postal Service printed special business-size cachet envelopes using Sanderson's poster and arranged for a commemorative 50th anniversary Armed Forces Day cancellation.

Luvenia D. Broussard, the Postal Service's Washington customer relations coordinator, said the special cancellation would be offered at the Pentagon from May 17 to May 19 and at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., from May 19 to May 21.

"The cachet is considered a collectible once you receive the postmark," she said. "It represents a very significant time in our lives and history because it honors the people who serve in the military."

Attendees at the ceremony were given 50th anniversary packets stuffed with bookmarks, kitchen magnets, foil- covered 50th anniversary chocolate coins and a 50th anniversary cachet envelope. Some purchased 33-cent 1999 "Honoring Those Who Served" stamps from postal workers, who then applied the 50th anniversary cancellation.

Persons desiring the cancellation but who can't make it to the Pentagon or Andrews can obtain the postmark until June 17 by writing to:

Special Cancellation Unit

900 Brentwood Road, NE

Washington, DC 20066-9998

"You need to indicate that your request is for the 50th anniversary of Armed Forces Day postmark, and you must include your own stamped, self-addressed return envelope," Broussard noted.

Myers and John Nolan, deputy postmaster general, cut a ribbon opening the Pentagon's 50th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day exhibit. The exhibit contains pictures from Armed Forces Day events held around the world over the past 50 years. It depicts the progression of military vehicles, weapons, training and uniforms through the past 50 years.

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Related Sites:
DoD Armed Forces Day, May 2000 Web site
AFPS News Article: DINFOS Instructor Designs Armed Forces Day Poster 2000
DoD Public Outreach: America's Military and You Web site

Click photo for screen-resolution imageDeputy U.S. Postmaster General John Nolan (left) and Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, opened the Pentagon's 50th anniversary Armed Forces Day exhibit in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The May 17 affair included an award to the designer of DoD's Armed Forces Day poster and the postal service's issuance of a commemorative postmark. Photo by Rudi Williams.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageAir Force Master Sgt. Douglas J. Sanderson autographs a Postal Service cachet featuring his poster artwork for Pentagon employee Joann P. Haywood of the Joint Staff data base administration office. DoD selected Sanderson's design for the 50th anniversary Armed Forces Day poster. Photo by Rudi Williams.   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageJerry Lane (left), Postal Service capital district manager, and Washington Postmaster Delores Killette view the Pentagon's 50th Armed Forces Day 50th anniversary exhibit, which contains pictures taken from Armed Forces Day events around the world over the past 50 years. Photo by Rudi Williams.   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageThe U.S. Postal Service used DoD's Armed Forces Day poster design as a cachet to honor the armed forces. The 33-cent 1999 "Honoring Those Who Served" stamp and a special 50th anniversary postmark were affixed to the business-size envelopes during Pentagon ceremonies May 17. Photo by Rudi Williams.   
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