Armed Forces Day honors those who serve our nation Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 May 2014
By Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith and Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy
Special to GUIDON

Service members, leaders, civilians, Families, and teammates:

Since May 20, 1950, citizens of the United States have gathered to honor the men and women who proudly wear our nation’s uniform.   

This special day has lasted through many wars and periods of peace. This year, Armed Forces Day is on Saturday.
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The day came about after the Departments of the Army and Navy were merged into the Department of Defense in the late 1940s, replacing separate days for each of the armed services.   

This day is for all of us to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in defense of our country.   

Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard members should all stand tall and be proud of your service, as the country is proud of you.

The sacrifices made by the members of the armed forces speak to the many generations of Americans who have answered the call of duty.

Unlike our fathers coming home from Vietnam, today’s active-duty, Reserve and National Guard troops are met with open arms, wherever we may be — airports, trains and community gatherings.   

Americans today support our uniformed personnel like no other time since World War II, and we are grateful for their support.

Thank you for your service and dedication to our great nation. God bless.

Maneuver support starts here!

(Editor’s note: Smith is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Murphy is MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 May 2014 )