Benjamin Franklin said “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” As our Nation celebrates Armed Forces Day let us all rejoice in the freedoms and liberties we experience each hour of every day. Let us be grateful for those protecting those liberties and let us not forget those who sacrificed to ensure the protection of those rights.
Armed Forces Day was established on August 31, 1949 to honor Americans serving in all five of the United States military branches. The event was established following the consolidation of the military services in the Department of Defense under President Harry S. Truman. It was Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson who announced its inception to celebrate in unison and replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force days. While it is commonplace to find friendly competition among the forces, this is the day to unite and come together.
Celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 17, by expressing gratitude to service members everywhere. My thoughts will be with my son, Zac, who is in the Gulf serving his country aboard the USS George H.W. Bush Aircraft Carrier. Remember how little effort it takes to share a smile, shake a hand, or simply utter the words “thank you.”