In 1949 the idea to create one day to celebrate The United States Military was announced by Secretary of Defense, Louis Johnson. They named it Armed Forces Day. This year we will commemorate our Armed Forces on May 17. No, this is not the unofficial kickoff to summer; we are not entitled to a three day weekend, no parades and no barbeques. It is simply a day to recognize and acknowledge those men and women who are currently serving in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
In 1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower said "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 Eisenhower's statement is as true today as it was more then a half century ago. On this Armed Forces Day let us recognize the sacrifices of all our troops and their loved ones. Let us remember that without our Military's strong commitment to safeguarding our interests, the United States of America would not be the great nation it has been for more then two centuries.