Armed Forces Day !

Today is Armed Forces Day ! It is celebrated in the United States as a day to appreciate all active duty service members.

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History of the Day :

Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces.

On Aug. 31, 1949, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate ArmyNavy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the armed forces under one agency — the Department of Defense.

In a speech announcing the creation of the day, President Truman “praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas.” He said, “It is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace.”

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