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, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.
This is not to be confused with Veteran's Day.
Armed Forces Day is to honor all of those who are currently serving in our Armed Forces.
The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.
Armed Forces Day - Honors currently serving military
Memorial Day - Honors our fallen Service Members
Veteran's Day - Honors our Veterans who served in the Armed Forces
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