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Armed Forces Day

May 21

Armed Forces Day - May

May 21 is a solemn, patriotic event; it is Armed Forces Day, when military people are in the spotlight. The US military is distinguished by its dedication to the safety and security of all Americans.

The History

Americans have been celebrating this official holiday since its 1949 approval at legislative level, by a presidential decree signed by Harry S. Truman. Holiday is for the members of various branches of the armed forces (air, space, land, sea, reconnaissance). The event subsequently received support from John F. Kennedy, who secured the holiday’s official status. Trump (as president) emphasized its importance in preserving tradition.

Interesting Facts

The American Army Service Uniform in blue.

  1. There are slight differences in the rank insignia used by the different corps.
  2. Units typically have their own emblem and traditions.
  3. The bellbottoms of sailors’ uniform have practical importance: it makes it easier to roll up the legs when they have to do something dirty.
  4. Holiday is celebrated on the third Saturday of May.

Ordinary citizens are reminded of the military’s importance on this holiday.

When is Armed Forces Day celebrated in 2022?

Armed Forces Day is observed on the third Saturday of May.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday May 21 2022
Saturday May 20 2023
Saturday May 18 2024
Saturday May 17 2025


May 21
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