May 19, 200608:09 AMThe Life
Armed Forces Day
May 19, 2006 - 08:09 AMArmed Forces Day (AFD) is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May, which is tomorrow. Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May, the day after AFD.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of AFD to replace the separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The unification of the Armed Forces under one department led to this single-day celebration. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate AFD. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly-announced day, but the Marine Corps League declined to stop supporting Marine Corps Day.
Jarheads. Whatcha gonna do?