Armed Forces Day

For ARMED FORCES DAY and MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, Jacqui Murray has done an outstanding job.
For my previous posts honoring the Armed Forces, click here and here.
For the British Armed Forces Day, click here.

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Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May  (May 21st in 2016). It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, adjunct professor in technology-in-education, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

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

Posted on May 21, 2016, in Current News, Home Front, Korean War, Uncategorized, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. You are truly a great Patriot gp, you never fail to commemorate those days, acknowledged as days where tribute is paid to those who served.
    Guys like you are the backbone of the American public who are grateful for those who served.

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    • Thank you for that, Ian. I only wish I could do more. Sitting at my desk (still a 4-finger typist, haha), just seems so little. I’m glad you can see how much I do appreciate all troops that fight for our freedoms – all the other complaints and rantings seem so petty to me.

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  2. All of us are going to Draguignon-American Cemetary next Sunday to celebrate both Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day

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  3. This is not a day that is celebrated in our area. Wonder why?


  4. Hello!
    Knowing how long you’ve been doing this and how well researched your posts are, I have a question. Well, two actually, if you have time …
    My city’s 18th Annual Memorial Day Service is coming up and I’ve ascended to the position of Chair of the planning committee. I’m using social media sources to promote the event, and have been wanting to make share something about the “Happy Memorial Day” phrase. I’ve read several articles from those who are opposed to that phrase (for obvious reasons) and some who are okay with it. Have you written about this?
    Also, I’ve tried to find a source to confirm that this is the 150th Anniversary of Memorial Day, but am not sure I’ve got a credible one.
    I know you are busy, but if you have any thoughts on these two questions, I’d be grateful.


    • According to the US military, many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime.
      Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
      Still, there is an argument between VA, GA, MS & PA as to whether it actually started in 1866 – which would make it the 150th, but the official number I believe is 148th. I do not feel it is proper to say HAPPY Memorial Day, that came from people’s confusion and a long weekend off work.

      Please don’t ever hesitate to ask a question, Laurie. I write this post for people like you who have an interest. If I can not answer, can not locate an answer – I will do my best to find you someone who does.
      Have a good weekend.

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  5. “Building a Midshipman”?

    How quaintly out of date and old fashioned … shouldn’t that be “Building a Midship-per”?

    (Damned sexist language, hangs on everywhere!)


  6. We don’t have an Armed Forces Day. We have others. But on Monday I will be watching a TV documentary that features my son’s best mate.


    • My heart does go out for both the men and the Afghan family. I know I would be unable to judge their actions or the result, due to the fact that (as the video states) it occurred during the fog of war. No one asks for tragedies such these to happen.


  7. Thanks for never forgetting the annual tribute, GP. And also for featuring the British ‘version’ too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. I followed the link to British Armed Forces Day and I loved the joke about the soldier who has a splinter in his hand!

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