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The Meaning Behind Armed Forces Day, May 19, 2018

19 May 2018 by

Today is Armed Forces Day, May 19, 2018

May is a month dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation for our military both past and present.  Take a moment this month and THANK a military person you know.

(Photo courtesy of Department of Defense)

May 1-31st, 2017 is National Military Appreciation Month. Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members - past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.  Within May there are several military related national observances.

Armed Forces Day

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, who was the United States' Secretary of Defense, announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The event stemmed from the armed forces' unification under one department – the Department of Defense.

Observed: Saturday, May 20th, 2017, Celebrated the third Saturday in May every year.  Armed Forces Day is a holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.  This day honors everyone serving in the U.S. Military branches; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy.

This month several businesses Nationwide want to show their appreciation for the military community by offering a Discount or Freebie.  View our Big List of Nationwide Military Discounts, Freebies, and Events for Military Appreciation Month/Armed Forces Day.

Thank you to all military members past, present, and future for your service to our country.  We are thankful for the sacrifices made every day to protect our country and freedom.

-The MB Team

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