Before President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the third Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day in 1949, the three major branches of the United States armed forces—the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force—held elaborate celebrations on three different days during the year.
Although the service units continue to celebrate their own days on April 6 (Army), October 27 (Navy), the second Saturday in September (Air Force), and November 10 (Marine Corps), the purpose of Armed Forces Day is to promote the unification of the branches under the Department of Defense (which took place in 1947) and to pay tribute to those serving in all the armed forces.
Therefore the Armed Forces Day becomes the good opportunity for us to show our appreciation and support for them. This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces.
But you may wonder how to celebrate the Armed Forces Day. What kinds of military gifts or military awards can help us express our sincere emotion? Or what should we do for military family, spouse, friends etc.
Show our support for our fighting troops and their families by hosting a party, attending an event, flying the flag, offering a message or a salute for the 2011 Armed Forces Day.
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- Parades – While commemorations of the individual service units are usually confined to military bases, the celebration of Armed Forces Day entails much broader participation. In addition to the huge parade held on this day each year in New York City.
- Open House – The armed forces often hold “open house” to acquaint the public with their facilities and to demonstrate some of the latest technological advances. Sometimes the National College will host an open house for our service members. The event is targeted to active and reserve military members, veterans and their spouse and dependents, though the public at large is welcome to attend.
- Receptions – The reception have been hosted by different voluntary organizations at great garden, such as the famous Gilmore’s Garden. It has been attracted a large throng of people. Military officers had generally observed the request stated in the invitations to appear in full dress uniform, and the effect of so many brilliant costumes was highly picturesque, harmonizing, as they did, with the rustle decorations of the hall.
- Air Shows – You know the famous Canadian International Air Show that is held each year in Toronto over Canadian Labor Day Weekend. From warbirds to wingwalkers, fly-ins to fly-bys, Ontario boasts a full schedule of air shows, aviation expos, and aircraft presentations throughout the May. This is also symbol of a nation’s power.
They are traditional way to celebrate this special day.
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