Armed Forces Day, May 17

By Sandra Sylvester | May 12, 2014

Knox County — 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.
The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

I have not found any special local activities in the Knox County area to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Usually communities have their parades on Memorial Day at the end of the month. I would guess that financially and otherwise it would be difficult to put together two parades in one month. I have marched in many a Memorial Day parade as both part of the Rockland High School Band and the Drum Corps.

Support Our Troops

The following charitable organizations help send gifts, cards, and care packages to our troops:

Adopt a Platoon -- Support the troops through gifts and sponsored mail.
Any Soldier -- Sponsor care packages to servicemembers in Iraq.
Army and Air Force Exchange Services -- Purchase gift certificates for active and hospitalized servicemembers.
Blue Star Mothers
-- Organizes postcards to troops and care packages, and is currently petitioning Congress for reduced air fares for servicemembers.
Books for Soldiers -- Donate books, movies, and more.
Cell Phones for Soldiers -- Donate your old cell phones, which pay for calling cards for our troops.
Commissary Gift Certificates -- Give the gift of groceries -- buy or donate gift certificates.
A Million Thanks -- Collects emails and letters of appreciation for our armed forces.
Operaton Dear Abby -- Send greetings and messages of support.
Operation Give -- Donate toys to be given to the children of Iraq.
Operation Gratitude -- Contribute to care packages sent to our servicemembers.
Operation Homefront Hugs -- Contribute to care packages, or adopt a servicemember.
Operation Troop Aid -- Provide care packages for our deployed U.S. Servicemembers.
Operation USO Care Package -- Sponsor a care package for $25.

For more ways to support our troops, go to:

http://www.military.com/spouse/military-life

Let’s Have Our Own Parade

YouTube has the music to many patriotic songs and marches, some played by the United States Marine Band. Check them out. Hum or sing along. Listen to the history of some of these songs by the Band Leader of the United States Marine Band. Enjoy. Here’s the words to one of those songs:Old Flag

You’re a Grand Old Flag

You’re a grand old flag
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave
You’re the emblem of
The land I love
The home of the free and the brave
Every heart beats true
‘Neath the red white and blue
Where there’s never a boast or brag
Should old acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the grand old flag
The grand old flag

You’re a grand old flag
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave
You’re the emblem of
The land I love
The home of the free and the brave
Every heart beats true
‘Neath the red white and blue
Where there’s never a boast or brag
Should old acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the grand old flag
Keep your eye on the grand old flag
Keep your eye on the grand old flag

Red Skelton Said it Best

Also check out “Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance” on YouTube. Well done, Red.

Thanks for listening.

 

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