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Armed Forces Day

The 3rd Saturday of May was declared Armed Forces Day by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson in 1949. The first time the day was observed, 33,000 participants joined the parade in New York City. In 1952, the New York Times wrote “It is our most earnest hope that those who are in positions of peril, that those who have made exceptional sacrifices, yes, and those who are afflicted with plain drudgery and boredom, may somehow know that we hold them in exceptional esteem. Perhaps if we are a little more conscious of our debt of honored affection they may be a little more aware of how much we think of them.” So, to all who serve or have served, Happy Armed Forces Day!


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