Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually in the US on the third Saturday in May. We will celebrate Armed Forces Day this year on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Many countries around the world recognize their armed forces, with most that do having separate celebrations for each branch of service. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Days. The American single-day celebration was a result of the post-war unification of the branches of the Armed Forces consolidated as the Department of Defense.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy declared Armed Forces Day a national holiday.
Our Servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace – many of them away from their homes, their friends and their families. They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat to the peace with measured strength and high resolve. They are also evidence of a harsh but inescapable truth – that the survival of freedom requires great cost and commitment, and great personal sacrifice. ~ President John F. Kennedy, 1963
It’s important to note that on Armed Forces Day we honor those who are currently serving in the military. Veterans Day is the day we honor our Veterans who are no longer serving, and Memorial Day is when we honor those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom.
There will be celebrations of Armed Forces Day 2017 locally in the Youngstown area and throughout Ohio to o celebrate and recognize our actively serving servicemembers. Here’s a list of a few of the events coming up:
The 66th Annual Armed Forces Recognition Dinner hosted by Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Youngstown Air Reserve Base in Vienna, OH
The Columbus Armed Forces Day Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017. Doors open at 10:30 AM.
http://milvetsohio.org/columbus-armed-forces-day-luncheon-2016/ (not a typo; the link goes to the 2017 page)
Armed Forces Day Celebration at the Findlay Military Show Friday, May 19th – Sunday, May 21st
Many activities during the show
• American Huey 369 Flight Demonstrations
• Living History Displays
• Saturday Awards Breakfast at the Fairgrounds
• Musical Performances Throughout Saturday
• Military Vehicle Pass-N-Review
• Re-enactment Performances
Let’s Celebrate America on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20th at Buhl Park in Hermitage, PA
In honor of Armed Forces Day all veterans golf for free on Saturday, May 20. A special hog roast lunch will be served at the fourth annual Vets Golf Free Day hosted by Military Veterans Resource Center at the Forrest Everhart Memorial Golf Course on the grounds of the Chillicothe VA.
Do you know of any other Youngstown area events going on to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2017? If so please tell us about it in a comment. Thanks!
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