Armed Forces Day

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TODAY, BEING ANOTHER PART OF MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, IS CALLED ARMED FORCES DAY.

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THE FIRST ARMED FORCES DAY WAS CELEBRATED 29 MAY 1950 (one month before the start of the Korean War).  ARMED FORCES WEEK BEGINS ON THE 2ND SATURDAY OF MAY AND ENDS THRU THE 3RD SATURDAY.  Due to their unique schedules, the NATIONAL GUARD & THE RESERVE units may celebrate this at any time during the month.

Col. Don Campbell & members of the US Army 4th Infantry, 9 April 2008 (Hussein capture)

Col. Don Campbell & members of the US Army 4th Infantry, 9 April 2008 (Hussein capture)

PRESIDENT DWIGHT DAVID 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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If you do NOT normally fly your flag everyday, make this day one that you do!  Even a small one sitting in your window shows your heartfelt feelings toward our troops.

If you are not from the U.S., tell us about the days you honor your military in the fight for freedom – help us to learn by sharing.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Judson Barrack – Lake Ridge, VA; US Army, WWII

Andrew Cherpak – Dix Hills, NY; US Army, WWIISoldiers_saluting_siloutte1

John F. Cary – Colorado Springs, CO; US Air Force, Colonel (Ret.), Korea & Vietnam

Marie Fisher – E.Winthrop, ME; US Air Force, Colonel

Thomas Harmon – Rockville Centre, NY; US Army, WWII

Chuck Mares – Great Falls, MT; US Army, Vietnam

Hugh Pickering – Matamata, NZ; RNZ Army Trooper # 80214, WWII

Mark Rogers – Rosebud, AR; US Army, Iraq & Afghanistan, 82nd Airborne Paratroopers

Herbert Sedlis – Wayland, MA & Boca Raton, FL; US Army, WWII

Martin Stoller – NYC & WashingtonDC; US Army, 4yh Armored Division, WWII, ETO

Angus St. Pierre – Belleville, Can & Juno, FL; Royal Canadian Army, WWII

Clifton von Kann – WashingtonDC; US Army, WWII, Major, ETO, Silver Star

Walter Walsh – Secauscus, NJ; USMC, WWII, PTO, sniper, FBI agent (Ret.)

Donald Wiethuechter – Tacoma, WA; US Army, Lt. Colonel (Ret.)

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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 17, 2014, in Korean War, Uncategorized, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 88 Comments.

  1. Een prachtig wel verdiend eerbetoon.

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  2. What a wonderful tribute! Well done!

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  3. We don’t celebrate or acknowledge the services & commitment of our Military enough!

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  4. A fine tradition for the recognition of those who wear the uniform of the Craft of Arms.
    I think a whole week of recognition is a great tradition, here we remember our fallen and returned servicemen on only Anzac day each year.
    Ian

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    • I know about ANZAC Day, (check the Search slot on my posts to locate)but are there NO others? I’m trying to get people from other countries to tell me their memorials so I can keep my calender international.

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  5. They fought for our freedom….let us never forget this great gift, and let us not become complacent and give that freedom away!!

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    • And yet it seems that with 80% of our government never having been in the service have any understanding of the sacrifice. They appear at memorials and that’s the end of that. Sorry, didn’t mean to vent about politicians there, Mary – they get under my skin. I’m very happy you enjoyed the post!

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  6. Honour them, and mourn the manner of their passing. Heroes everyone.

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  7. One of the many things that impresses John and I on our travels through the US is the incredible sense of pride Americans have for their country and how every sporting event we’ve attended there is time taken to honour the military. Impressive.

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    • I don’t get a chance to travel very much any more, so it is great to here that report about places you’ve been. I can see some of it on TV and sometimes and it makes me happy, because where would we be without them? Thanks for stopping in, Shelley.

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  8. This is a beautiful tribute! (as usual!)

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  9. Outstanding post. Thank you.

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  10. In Norway, the National flag can only be flown on “official” days (the birthday of a Royal, on some Christian holidays, and on the dates of significant events of Norwegian history). It can also be flown on a family member’s baptism, confirmation, and birthday, and is flown at half mast if a family member has passed away.

    The State flag can be flown on other days.

    (Info taken from Wikipedia, and from living with my Norwegian husband in Norway for seven years.)

    I have my American flag here; because of the cultural difference, it would be confusing for — and a little disrespectful to — my neighbors to fly it when I normally did in the US. I proudly fly it on July 4th and my birthday, and (weather permitting) put my little hand-held American flag in a vase on our outside table on Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veterans Day.

    The Norwegian military is honored in similar ways as those I experienced in the US as a daughter of a service member, service member, wife of a service member, and now Mom of a service member — awards and medals, personal recognition and respect. Their efforts are recognized in the “dates of significant events of Norwegian history” days the official flag is flown, especially Liberation Day and Constitution Day.

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  11. I didn’t know that the different services celebrated different days. Interesting.

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  12. thanks and gratitude to all who have sacrificed! thank you for all your wonderful posts~

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  13. GP here in Canada our main celebrations revolve around Remembrance Day on November 11th. Last year in Calgary white crosses with the names of every Albertan soldier lost in any of the wars was placed along Memorial drive. It is a beautiful main road beside the Bow River and named to remember those who served our country. It was astounding the numbers of crosses. We took our seven year old granddaughter to the display and talked about each war. We are so fortunate that they gave so much for our freedom.

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    • That is great to hear, Sue. Freedom isn’t cheap and I’m happy you are teaching your granddaughter to appreciate the troops. Strange; You and Pierre, two Canadians, are the only people to respond to my sharing request about their memorial days.

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  14. To all veterans I offer a salute

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  15. Paul H. Lemmen

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

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  16. Reblogged this on Ace News Services 2014 and commented:
    #ANS2014

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  17. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

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  18. Thank you for your post; it is very good. Please check out mine for a similar post. May our Lord Jesus richly bless you.

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  19. Reblogged this on Elaine's Random Thoughts and commented:
    Thank you to all current and past members of our armed forces! You are loved and appreciated!

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  21. Thank you for the good reminder, gpcox!

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  22. Very important tribute – love your work 😀

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  23. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Excellent post! TY for educating me. Love theses historical facts! Reblog!!

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  24. Thanks for reminding me of the significance of this day.

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  25. Right after reading your post I ran across this photo and it brought a great big grin to my face…thought you’d enjoy it too.

    http://www.vintag.es/2014/05/easter-eggs-for-hitler-1945.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+vintageeveryday+%28vintage+everyday%29

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  26. Pierre Lagacé

    In Canada I don’t think we have one… I will google this.

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  27. Thank you for your recognition and tribute to all who have served this great country!

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  28. I noticed this day on my US made calendar, so I have been expecting your post. 🙂 A great tribute as usual.

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