On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson – under the leadership of President Harry Truman – announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration was a result of the unification of the U.S. Armed Forces under the Department of Defense and provided a day for citizens to come together and thank the nation’s military members for their service in support of the nation.
On the third Saturday of May, Americans will find ways to honor current military personnel; American Legion Family members will lead many of these events.
If your American Legion post, district or department is coordinating or hosting an Armed Forces Day event, please remember to share your photo and story at www.legiontown.org. Also, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details from your event, in case we want to follow up with you for additional coverage next week.