ARMED FORCES DAY

19 MAY, 2018, BEING ANOTHER PART OF MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, IS CALLED ARMED FORCES DAY.

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.

 

PRESIDENT DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER, 1953 –  “Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man.  For it is he or she – the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine – who has fought to preserve freedom.”

 

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 – 

Lloyd Backart – Albuquerque, NM; US Army, WWII, PTO, Bronze Star

Donald Carr – San Antonio, TX; US Army, Vietnam, Major, Team 3 Special Forces, KIA

Mildred Eaton – New Orleans, LA; US Navy WAVE, WWII

John Gobbi – Bodega, CA; USMC, WWII, Purple Heart

Michael Healy – Chicago, IL; US Army, Korea, Major (Ret.), 187th RCT

Joseph Mills – Lebanon, KY; US Army, Vietnam (Ret. 22 y.)

Joseph Ranke – Apple Valley, MN; US Army, WWII

Richard Surbaugh – Meadow Creek, WV; US Navy, WWII

Thomas Tight – Ft. Lauderdale, FL; US Army, LT.

Jim Wilke – Griffin, GA; US Army, WWII, 3rd Infantry Division

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About GP

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 18, 2018, in Current News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 53 Comments.

  1. God Bless All our Veterans on Memorial Day – We Remember You!! ( https://kristiann1.com/2016/05/27/mdr/ )!!

    Love Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  2. A tip of the hat to you, GP, for all you do to honor those who have (and currently) serve(d) in our Armed Forces. You do an outstanding job with this blog!

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  3. Unfortunately, the flags that are flying here are at half-staff, due to the shooting at the Santa Fe high school. That truly is in my neighborhood; it’s only a few miles down the road, and I pass through there frequently. Even so, there have been acknowledgements of Armed Forces Day on the news, and in our local papers. I think events like the one in Santa Fe remind people of how much we owe to all of those who protect and serve: military, police, and first responders of every sort.

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    • It should, but still we look to find fault with them. This country is in a sad state of, “What can we complain about today” mode! Jackie Gleason shows it better than I!! Have a great day, Linda – you’re one of the good guys!

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  4. Flag will be out, proudly.

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  5. A very important time indeed as are all ‘remembrance’ days.

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  6. One thing about America gp, the true Patriots do Honor and recognize their Military personnel and their contribution to the great Nation of America.
    Unfortunately, as in Australia also, Patriotism is being undermined by the emergence of a New World Order concept that dismantles such words as Patriotism.
    Cheers mate

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  7. * my apols.
    I like the concept of “honouring”. DownUnder we Reflect, Remember, and Commemorate. We send Care packages to our serving members at Christmas, we fundraise for Organisations who take care of the families of service personnel and for exservice personnel who need a hand up , but I’m not so sure we “ honour”. Maybe it’s merely a terminology thing, but “honour” feels good. I hope this makes sense.

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    • Yes it does and I appreciate what you’re saying. If I’m not mistaken, Australia feels ANZAC Day handles the honour, but any hand out, even merely to shake it shows your honour to them.

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  8. Great reminder! I feel that this one gets lost in the shuffle a little bit. And it shouldn’t!

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  9. Thanks for the remembrance GP and my flag is pretty much flying every day.
    I’m also trying to check with the Navy to get a copy of my service records. There was a fire in the ’70’s that wiped out many service records (they were still paper then) and I’ve got a request in with ‘vertrecs.archives.gov’ to see if anything is left of mine.Unless you know of a better place to try and research. If so my email is signpilot.7@gmail.com.

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    • Smitty’s records, along with 16-18 million other were destroyed, but you’re on the right track. Some only had water damage and have been painstakingly repaired – a slow process that is still going on. I wish you the very best!

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  10. Thank you for reminding us, GP!
    We remember with you and give HUGE thanks to our Armed Forces!
    (((HUGS)))

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  11. Thank you for posting this! It’s a great remembrance AND you made me realize that our plans tomorrow would have had us caught in parade traffic- now we can plan ahead and hopefully SEE some of it. Have a great weekend!

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  12. We just visited the WWII and Korean War memorials. They were so moving. I thank everyone who served with all my heart.

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  13. I will put out my flag for sure!

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  14. These post of yours, GP, really make me look good (as I RT).

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  15. Thanks GP. Best regards.

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  16. Thank you GP for remembering on this day. Michael

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  17. I obviously didn’t know this date, GP. But my respect and best wishes goes out to all your serving military.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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