ARMED FORCES DAY

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In the U.S., if you do not fly your flag everyday, here is a special occasion to put out the sign of your patriotism! In 1949, President Truman decided to consolidate the individual Army, Navy, Marine, etc. days into one as a means of signifying the unification of all the military forces under a single government. (The Marines did not give up their day, but also celebrate AFD.)

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The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on Saturday, 20 May 1950. Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May. Due to their unique schedules, the National Guard and the Reserve units may celebrate AFD/Week any time in May.

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953 – “Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man. For it is he – the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine – who has fought to preserve freedom.”

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on May 18, 2013, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.

  1. Not being an American I can of course not share in your sentiments on the Armed Forces day. BUT, as a citizen of a free world I must pay my high respects to the Americans, the Brits, French and many other free nation soldiers and veterans who are fighting/had fought for the free world’s right to exist against the enemy in evil countries. I salute them all.

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    • Thank you very much for your respectful comments. I’m sorry, but I’ve forgotten which country you are in, but just about the entire globe was involved in WWII in some way – I’m sure something of yours comes to mind.

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  2. thanks for the wonderful work that you are doing

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  3. Thanks for reminding us about Armed Forces Day, I flew combat in Vietnam and since the 1970s, it seems to have been lost to many Americans.

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  4. Nicely done, soldier.

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  5. Very nice history information!

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  6. I’d hate to think where we’d be without the men and women who have sacrificed so much for this country and its citizens.

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  7. I have nominated you for the Epically Awesome Award! See my blog post tomorrow:
    homethoughtsfromabroad626.wordpress.com

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    • I am really sorry, but I will be refusing. As I have told previous offers – I want this site to be entirely for those troops. I feel the awards are chain letters and do not truly belong in a tribute. I hope I haven’t offended you – I am honored that you thought of me when you were making up your list.

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  8. What a wonderful tribute. A big thank you to you and to others who have served our country with honor and dignity. My father-in-law was in the Air Corps of the Army in WWII. I don’t have any more particulars than that, though.

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    • Thank you. What a shame you don’t have more on your father-in-law, no one in the family remembers?

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      • It was only that we found his name online that we realized he was in the air corps and that it was part of the army. He used to tell us stories about being thrown in the brig all the time ;), but he didn’t really explain the ins and outs. I have a photocopy of a picture of him in the leather jacket, etc. I wonder how i could find out more for my husband.

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        • You can try the National Archives I don’t suppose you have his service number or unit info? There were 16-18 million records burned in a fire at the St. Louis office, so don’t get too excited, but many are still there – anything is worth a try.

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  9. I salute you and all veterans! You make me proud. I also agree with Judy’s comment above. God bless you all.

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  10. I will click on it too. Ours here for armed forces is 25th April Anzac day.

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  11. Thank you so very much for your service and site. I appreciate the flag with emblems and the AFD poster. I saved them for Facebook, if it is OK to do so, and when used, credit will be given. (Let me know if it is not OK to used these.) Blessings!

    Grace Scott (USMCR Vietnam Era)

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  12. I believe it is our responsibility to remind those in this generation and those generations to come of the ultimate sacrifice made by the men and women so that they can live freely in this world now.

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  13. Old Glory flies here every day, but I usually also fly the 48-star on Armed Forces Day. I’m bummed this year, one of the grommets is trying to pull out, so it’s under repair as we speak. Gotta have her ready for the start of June – lots of World War 2 dates to mark!
    An excellent reminder, good job.

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  14. Country leaders need soldiers to die for them and the upper class, don’t they?

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  15. Thomas Nuffan

    Reblogged this on Nuffan But A Blog.

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  16. Reblogged this on Gadaboutblogalot's Blog and commented:
    Thanks to Pacific Paratrooper for this tribute!

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  17. How wonderful to have this special day.

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  18. Pierre Lagacé

    A reblogué ceci sur Lest We Forget and commented:
    One of my favorite post on my blog Lest We Forget

    http://athabaskang07.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/its-a-long-way-to-tipperary/

    It’s about William Lagasse a doughboy,,, from Bristol, Connecticut

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  19. Pierre Lagacé

    One of my favorite post on my blog Lest We Forget

    http://athabaskang07.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/its-a-long-way-to-tipperary/

    It’s about William Lagasse a doughboy,,, from Bristol, Connecticut

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