Fast facts on Armed Forces Day 2022-04-27 12:53:29


It is celebrated every year on the third Saturday of May.

Every year there is a theme. The theme for the first day of the Armed Forces was “Collaborators for Defence”.

It is celebrated with military exercises on land, at sea and in the air to honor the members of the US military and show their latest equipment to the civilian population they protect.

Military installations are usually open on that day because it is not a federal holiday.

The United kingdom The UAE has also strengthened all the armed forces of their country in one department and celebrates a similar holiday.


July 26, 1947 – President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act into uniform law “Four branches of the military under one executive authority, the Secretary of Defense.” The decision to unite the various departments under one administration led to the creation of the national military institution.
1949 – The The Ministry of Defense was createdTo replace the national military.

August 31, 1949 – Defense Secretary Lewis Johnson announced Armed Forces Day to replace separate holidays for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

Feb 27 1950 – Truman declared — “Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, represents the first joint display by the United States Defense Team of its progress, under national security law, toward the goal of preparedness for any eventuality. It is the first display of the readiness of the unified forces for our land, sea, and air defense.”

May 20 1950 – Celebrating Armed Forces Day for the first time.
B-36 bombers fly over the capitals of each state.
10,000 soldiers and veterans march on Washington, DC.
– Parade takes place in New York.
Parades, air shows, receptions and other festivities are held all over the country.

March 18, 1961 – President John F. Kennedy signs an ad Armed Forces Day is officially declared a national holiday on the third Saturday of every May.