In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, falling on May 17th this year. Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May, the day after Armed Forces Day. Because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May.
First observed on 20 May 1950, the day was created on 31 August 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – theU.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army-, Navy-, Air Force-, Marine Corps- and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still observed, especially within the respective services.
The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions and air shows. The United States’ longest running city-sponsored Armed Forces Day Parade is held in downtown Bremerton, Washington, with this being the 66th year of the event.
Did you know veterans can obtain free medical IDs?
Anyone with food or drug allergies, diabetes, seizure disorders, metal fragments in the body, or most chronic conditions should wear a medical ID. American Medical ID has obtained a contract with the Federal Supply Schedule to make customized medical IDs available to veterans. Any veteran who needs a medical ID can get one free of charge through their local VA clinic. All they need to do is provide their VA doctor with this link: www.IdentifyYourself.com/VA. We provide a variety of products in different styles and colors as shown below.
Click here for more information on the American Medical ID VA program.