How Armed Forces Day is different from Veterans Day and Memorial Day
Did you know most Americans are confused about the purpose behind Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, and Armed Forces Day? It’s true. Though all three honor the activities and accomplishments of our men and women who serve our country, many people don’t know the difference between these three prestigious and honorable celebrations.
Later this month we’ll observe Memorial Day, a federal holiday which gives special tribute to those in the military that have died, going on perhaps to a better world after having heroically served our great nation. Veteran’s Day, another federal holiday celebrated in October, commemorates both the living and the deceased who have superbly served our country while in the armed forces. Many are still alive and well, living in our society reminiscing of the days they served proudly whether at home or afar. And last but not least, is Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 17, 2008. A day to honor all who now currently serve in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, & Coast Guard.
Armed Forces Day was originally established to increase public understanding of the duties employed by the Armed Forces of the United States. Now, it is an opportunity to thank and praise those who have committed themselves to: protecting the people of this nation from subversive acts; to defending our nation’s democratic ideals on which our forefathers founded this country, and for aiding other nations of the world in times of hardship. It is an appropriate environment for the civilian populace to render thanks and for the military counterpart to accept accolades for their continued efforts in supporting the causes near and dear to the American people. Our country, as a major humanitarian power, has the strength, the funds, and fortitude to strive and make the world a better place. Armed Forces Day honors these fine members of the military supporting our goals and aspirations. Many locales will hold special parades, open houses, and community receptions allowing neighbors to praise the accomplishments of these unique defenders.
In 1950, President Harry Truman issued a Presidential Proclamation. In his words, «The day marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.»
President Truman further stated «Teamed for Defense» was the theme for
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