Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day Quick Facts 2022

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2022 DateMay 21, 2022
2023 DateMay 20, 2023
Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day History

Armed Forces Day is a day to recognize those who actively serve in the Armed Forces. In 1947, the Armed Forces of the US were united under one department which was renamed the Department of Defense in 1949. President Harry S. Truman supported the creation of a day for the nation to unite in support and recognition of our military members and their families. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced that Armed Forces Day would take the place of other individual branch celebrations, and all branches of the military would be honored this single day. Armed Forces Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in May.

Armed Forces Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 2022, the U.S. Space Force (USSF) is currently the smallest U.S. military branch with about 16,000 active personnel.
  • According to National Defense there were about 1.3 million personnel serving in active duty in the US as of 2021.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2021, there were 18 million veterans. About 89% are men and 11% are women.
  • The creation of Armed Forces Day was announced on August 31, 1949 by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson. It was meant to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.
  • One of the best ways to keep peace is to be prepared for war. - General George Washington

Armed Forces Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend a parade or a military air show.
  • Send a care package to military personnel stationed overseas. Free flat-rate boxes are available at USPS. Use these to mail to military bases for a low cost.
  • Fly the American Flag.
  • Visit a local Veteran's Hospital or Nursing Home to show your gratitude.
  • Honor Military Working Dogs by donating to the ASPCA or other charitable organizations that protect and serve these heroic animals.

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