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Armed Forces Day

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day 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.

In France, it’s May 8th. Last year, Lea–an efriend from France–added this to my post comments:

“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 addresses 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.”

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Endangered Species, Winter 2024


60 thoughts on “Armed Forces Day

  1. The first video was beautiful and touching and the second video was a lot of fun. We certainly need to pay tribute to the people in the armed services and the amazing sacrifice they are making. I’ve to admit I have not paid much attention to the Armed Forces Day before, but from now on I will.

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  2. It’s so important that we pay tribute to the people who’ve sacrificed so much to give us the freedoms we’ve been taking for granted. There’s so much more work to be done around the world, and I salute those who work at it every single day.

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  3. Great tribute. When you’re in the military, even if you have an office job, it’s never 9 – 5 Monday through Friday. You sacrifice time with your family on a regular basis, even during the best and most peaceful of times and time is one of the most valuable things a person has.

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  4. We should be grateful for those who serve. We lived for three years near Ft. Lee, Virginia when I was a child (6-9 years old). There were two neighborhood boys whose father was in the Army. I remember him taking us out to the Fort on special days like this–it was a real treat. We both moved away in the summer of 1966. We returned to NC, while they moved back to family in MI as we was being deployed overseas. I later assumed that mean to Vietnam, as his family couldn’t go with him. That’s a heavy demand on anyone to have to leave a family behind when duty calls.

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    • It is a huge demand. When my son went to the Middle East (back then), it was hard to remember it was for the greater good. What good memories of the Army Fort for you. They do things well for the soldiers.


  5. Your tribute to Armed Forces Day reminds me of a graduation ceremony tradition when I worked for Saint Leo College on the Naval Amphibious Base. The pit orchestra would play the “Armed Forces Medley,” and those in attendance who were active duty and vets would stand and put their hands on their hearts as their branch’s song was played. It made the ceremony extra special.

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