Armed Forces Day – 18 May 2019

18 MAY, 2019, 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.

18 May 2019

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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Military Humor –

‘Every war game scenario I’ve run has you picking up the check.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes-

Michael Andrews – Altoona, PA; US Navy, WWII

Charles Drapp – Piqua, OH; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, HQ Co/511/11th Airborne Division

William Dunn – Dunning, NE; US Army, Korea

Gerald Golden – Graceville, FL; US Army, Vietnam, 101st Airborne Division

Orville Levengood – Lewiston, MO; US Navy, WWII

Sam Mitsui – Sky Komish, WA; Tule Lake internee / US Army, 4th Infantry Division

Mary Olson – OH; US Navy WAVES, WWII, Instrument Flight Instructor

Frank Perkins – Farmer’s Branch, TX; US Army, Vietnam, 82nd & 101st A/B divisions, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, 1st Sgt. (Ret. 20 y.)

William Schmatz – Bronx, NY; US Army, Korea, 82nd Airborne Division

Russell Tetrick – Redwood Falls, MN; USMC, WWII, PTO

Wibert Woolard – Gastonia, NC; US Army, WWII

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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, 2019, in Current News, Korean War, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 78 Comments.

  1. Well done on your commemoration post gp, you never fail to pay respects in all your posts.
    I do appreciate all the cartoons you add, they really do demonstrate the mindset of the Soldiers at that time.
    Cheers.

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  2. Amen-Amein!! God Bless all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and my Veterans who Served in our Armed forces!!

    Love 💕 Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  3. Thank you, GP. Wonderful post.

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  4. His visit ‘highlighted the Pentagon’s #KnowYourMil initiative, which aims to educate Americans on exactly what members of the U.S. military do, and what jobs they fulfill, including everything from veterinarians to lawyers.

    “What a privilege it was to meet an American icon who has such love for country, family, and our military,” said Anne K. Joiner, acting principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs.’

    Whose visit?

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/05/16/gene-simmons-of-kiss-gives-emotional-tribute-to-america-during-pentagon-visit/

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    • Great article, I was thrilled to read it. We need to learn more about our ‘icons’, not just the persona they display on the stage. Thank you for thinking of me!

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      • It caught my eye because Gene’s wife and daughter appeared in the Pin Ups For Vets calendar a few years ago. I discovered that KISS are strong supporters of your military. They might be performers, but they understand who to thank for their freedom to perform.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this with us, GP!
    I add my thank-yous, love, and (((HUGS))) in honor of those who served and are currently serving!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  6. Just worked on an article about a local flag company tonight that makes three million US flags a year. There’s no excuse for us not showing the flag in support of our armed forces.

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  7. Thanks for bringing some attention to these important days. I love the dinner cartoon.

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  8. To paraphrase Winston Churchill “Never have so many owed so much to so few”
    We owe our vets more than we could ever repay

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    • Thank you very much.
      I went to your site to thank you as well, but it did not allow me the click the ‘Like’ button or to post a comment. So please be aware that I am grateful.

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  9. Very good article Sir, I am going to reblog this one for you.

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  10. Reblogged this on John's Notes and commented:
    Today is Armed Forces Day. Please help recognize those who serve. GP Cox does a good job of telling about Armed Forces Day in his post that I am reblogging.

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  11. Interesting read, always learning something new. I´m not sure that I can put the American flag on the balony here, actually I might it would be quite the distraction for these ones.

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  12. Hand salute! Great article. I will share this with my veteran friends!!

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    • Thanks, Eric. That is much appreciated. If they get a chance, they should stop by this site and read the comments – the veterans are appreciated !!!!

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  13. I didn’t know it was armed forces day

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  14. Still enjoying my farewell salutes! Read the names over and you’ll see a very special message of love warmth generosity gratitude and A big thank you!

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  15. Reblogged this on Dave Loves History and commented:
    Headed to Bremerton for our local parade with the USSVI (SubVets)

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  16. Hope we can save freedom in the Iran-area. Best wishes for the weekend, GP! Michael

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  17. I salute you, GP, for saluting our Armed Forces! 🙂

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    • I was very happy this morning. THEN – I hear that we are about to court martial a Silver Star recipient for something he was cleared of in 2015. Disgraceful. Someone needs a scalp to get a promotion I heard. I need to get more info and get a link to follow this through.

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  18. Great post that I am about to reblog. Well done, GP.

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  19. In Canada, the remarkable men and women of our armed forces past and present are honoured on Remembrance Day, November 11. As with elsewhere, this 75th anniversary of D-Day will be the subject of special observances across the country.

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  20. Semper Fidelis to all who have served, and those who serve today.

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  21. Salute to the fighting men and women to preserve our freedom!

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  22. Excellent reminder, GP. Thanks.

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  23. As always, thank you for keeping history alive.

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  24. I’m not active on social media, but do follow some people on Twitter. Just for fun, I went over there to see if there were any posts about Armed Forces Day, and there were a lot. Some were from “just people,” but many organizations and businesses were highlighting the day, too — including the Milwaukee Brewers. One of the best posts that’s getting re-tweeted is a graphic showing the differences between Armed Forces Day, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day. I was happy to see that, and happy to see your post.

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    • I have always appreciated your interest, Linda. I have many veterans reading here that will also appreciate the gratitude expressed in the comments. Thank you for always being one of them!!

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  25. We are and Remain the Land of the Free Because of the Brave.

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” -Orwell

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  26. We have quite a lot of celebrations of the 75th anniversary of D-Day coming up. To be honest, I don’t think many non-service people celebrate the actual armed forces day. That is mostly left until the Remembrance Sunday celebrations in November.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Thanks for explaining, Pete.

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    • They do Pete, if you go on the armed forces day website there’s loads of places get involved, Sunderland have the whole weekend with a parade on the sea front, big bands at night, stuff for the kids to do etc, very family oriented.

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      • That’s good to hear, FR. I never saw anything in London, and even in Norfolk, it is ‘low key’. 🙂
        Best wishes, Pete.

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        • Yeah I looked, not much going on in Norfolk especially near Beetly, but Lowestoft are givin it a good go– “Now in its 14th year Lowestoft Armed Forces Day is a free family day which always attracts good crowds showcasing the work of Britain’s Armed Forces. Attending will be regular and reserve units, cadet units, service charity and veterans associations stands. There will also be a range of arena events including military vehicles and the Cadet Unit Challenge makes a welcome return. Other attractions are a replica Spitfire aircraft and the Drumhead Service.”

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  27. Here’s to all who served

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  28. Did not know this! Putting out the flags. Thanks.

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  29. This year ours is on 29th June

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  30. Our armed forces day (UK) is on the last Saturday in June each year, this year the 29th. There are over 300 events across the country as well as a D-day 75 veterans parade in Portsmouth.

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  31. Thank you very much for sharing this day!

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