Every third Saturday in May, the United States celebrates Armed Forces Day to honor and show respect to all the brave men and women that previously served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces of America. This day honors all six of the military’s branches — Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Space Force.
Great American leaders throughout history have recognized the importance of honoring our service members for their bravery, selfless service, courage, and, in many cases, giving their all for the cause of freedom.
Some excerpts from past leaders about Armed Forces Day:
“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, towards 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.” Former Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson
“The heritage of freedom must be guarded as carefully in peace as it was in war. Faith, not suspicion, must be the key to our relationships. Sacrifice, not selfishness, must be the eternal price of liberty. Vigilance, not appeasement, is the byword of living freedoms. Our Armed Forces in 1950– protecting the peace, building for security with freedom–are “Teamed for Defense …” General Omar N. Bradley, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
“It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953
“Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.” President John F. Kennedy, 1962
At The Ginn Group, in a similar manner, we show our respect and honor to all service members; those who gave some and those who gave all for the greatest nation that we call home today.