Armed Forces Day is a holiday observed in some areas of the United States to honour all branches of the armed forces. It is usually celebrated on the third Saturday of May. This year it was on 18th May, 2019.
The day is meant to be a special tribute to the men and the women of the armed forces and was declared by President Harry S Truman. The holiday unites citizens to honour military heroes for their patriotic services.
Initially, there was just one day to celebrate every branch of military service but it is no more so. Every branch has their own day to celebrate.
The first official Armed Forces Day took place on May 20, 1950, and was themed “Teamed for Defence.” In honour of the special day, B-36 Bombers flew over state capitals, a march was led by more than 10,000 veterans and troops in Washington, D.C., and over 33,000 people participated in a New York City parade.
The theme for 2019 is “For the Nation. For the People.”
Armed Forces Day also plays a very important role in informing and educating the society. It’s aim is to increase the public knowledge of the military and the role they play. It is just a day of honour for those who served in the military but also a day to showcase the power, strength and the ability of the military to protect those in the country it serves.
Other countries who honour this victorious day include Armenia, Australia and New Zealand, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, Mali, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, North Korea, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Vietnam.