ARMED FORCES DAY
STRONG AND RESILIENT
Prepared To Meet Any Challenge
Saturday, May 18, 2013
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single
holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in
support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson
announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and
Air Force Days.
The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under
the Department of Defense.
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