Travel back to August 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, he was the United States’ Secretary of Defense. It was then that it was announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The event inspired from the Armed Forces Unification under one department for the Department of Defense (DoD). The Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force adopted the newly formed day. The Department of the Marine Corps declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day; however, it supports Armed Forces Day.
The very first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on a Saturday, May 20, 1950. The theme for the day was “Teamed for Defense”, in which was expressed the unification of all Military Forces under one government department. According to the United States Department of Defense, the day was designed to expand public understanding of what each type of role / job is performed.
Armed Forces Day is a day for the Military to showcase their roles to American Civilians. It is as well a day to honor in addition to acknowledge Americans in our Military. Parades, open houses, receptions and air shows are generally held on Armed Forces Day at various locations across the Nation. We continue to support and celebrate Armed Forces Day as well as our Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Guard and Military Reserves.