Armed Forces Day


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Members of the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60 carrying all the service branches of the military flags for parade, honoring each branch.

Among the many military holidays celebrated each year is Armed Forces Day. Celebrated the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day falls during Military Appreciation Month and joins Memorial Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) as another May military-themed holiday.

The History of Armed Forces Day: On Aug. 31, 1949, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy 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."

In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Truman stated:

"Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America's defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, toward the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense."

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions, and air shows. In Washington, D.C., 10,000 troops of all branches of the military, cadets and veterans marched past the president and his party. In Berlin, 1,000 U.S. troops paraded for the German citizens at Tempelhof Airfield. In New York City, an estimated 33,000 participants initiated Armed Forces Day "under an air cover of 250 military planes of all types."

Today, Armed Forces Day is celebrated in American communities and on military bases throughout the world with parades, picnics, shopping discounts, festivals and parties.

In Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60 will participate with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 60 (Pine Bluffs) and place yellow ribbons around trees in the front yards of Veterans in town. It is a way of honoring our local community Veterans.

The Yellow Ribbon Project is a thoughtful way to honor those who have served and who are currently serving in all branches of the Armed Forces!Yellow ribbons are hung on trees.

There will be a wreathplaced at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery to mark Armed Forces Day.

There are numerous ways the day is celebrated. Parades, ceremonies and barbacues, picnics, 5K runs and more.

For American service members, Armed Forces Week is an occasion to remember past and present service for all branches of the service.

In Cheyenne, the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee (MAC) is hosting a Military Appreciation BBQ presented by High West Energy this Saturday, May 18th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The BBQ will be held at High West Energy's Cheyenne Service Center located at 3302 I-80 Service Rd. (north of I-80 at exit 370). The event takes place as America celebrates Armed Forces Day, a nationally recognized celebration always on the third Saturday in May.

This free BBQ for currently active duty military is an annual event hosted by the MAC and is a token of appreciation to those currently serving and defending our country.

We proudly say thank you to all who have served, is serving and will serve.


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