It's National Armed Forces Day!
Today is a day to salute, support, and thank all of the men and women in all branches of the service who serve and protect our country.
In August of 1949, the then U.S Secretary of Defense - Louis Johnson, announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace the separate Army, Navy, and Air Force Days. This event stemmed from the armed forces' unification under the Department of Defense.
The first Armed Forces day was celebrated Saturday, May 20 1950. The day showed the unification of all military forces under one government department and boasted the theme "Teamed for Defense." This day was designed to expand public understanding of the type of job that was performed by the members of the military and the role of the military in civilian life.