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Armed Forces Day

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. 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, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and  Twenty-four DaysShe is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a 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.

36 thoughts on “Armed Forces Day

  1. Thanks for blogging about this. My family has a strong tradition of military service–in recent years that includes my grandfather, cousin, and husband. More distantly, my great-grandfather’s grandfather stood with US Grant at Appomattox to receive Lee’s surrender. The military are a pivotal part of our history and culture, and I join with you to salute them. : )

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    • You have an amazing history of patriotism. I would have loved to hear about Appomattox. I bet everyone enjoyed those stories. I worry that we forget how hard we have had to fight for the freedoms we enjoy. I don’t know how to fix that.

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      • All I can do is tell the stories. I don’t know why people don’t care much about history. It’s our story as a culture, and in the smaller sense, our memory as a family. It was always very important to me. : )

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  3. I had never heard the first song before—totally amazing. It is so great to see young people exhibiting their patriotism in such a creative way.

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  4. I just wanted to add that the greatest tragedy of war is the suffering of the children. In Poland, there were 100,000 children left disabled by exploding mines. I know this because my father, a doctor, after spending the war fighting in the Polish underground, set up the rehabilitation hospital for them.
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  5. Here in France it is always May 8th. Even the smallest of villages has a war monument which was funded by school children collecting small change. The Marseilles is sung, Monsieur le Maire addressess the village and vets show up as do other villagers. Pompiers (firefighters/emergency workers in uniform, and the the Maire and his counsil lay a wreath at the monument which lists every vet lost in previous battles. I’ll never forget the first time I attended. Both my grandfather’s served in France in WWI and my father in WWII.

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      • One grandfather went home with TB and died shortly afterward, the second went home with Mustard Gas in his lungs. I did manage to see him but never without a tank of oxygen close by and lots of medicines. My father never stopped fighting his war until the day he died. On the 8th of May, I stand with my village and we remember them all. If you are interested, after the reunion (meeting) there is a social in the village foyer where people chat, remember and there are photos and histories of all who were from here.

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