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Salute to The Armed Forces Day
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Armed Forces Day
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Armed Forces Day Poster

The theme of the first Armed Forces Day was "Teamed for Defense." It was chosen as a means of expressing the unification of all the military forces under a single department of the government.


Tribute To Our Armed Forces

Here’s to the men of the red, white and blue;
Whose patriot’s hearts burned high ...
To the women who served us on land and on sea,
Some even in the sky.

I’d like to say, "Thank you, that we’ll never know
The outcome if you had not gone,"
And to tell you, "I’ll never forget your deed,
As long as my life lingers on."

For, I was a child, when the great war came,
And you just a dozen years more.
Some of you fought on a distant beach.
Some died on a foreign shore.

I’d hate to forget those heroes of old,
From the 'War to end all wars'.
Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm
Proved that men fight evermore.

God, help us all when brave men say,
"Not today. Let’s just wait and see."
For, tyrants come in so many ways
And I’ve heard of complacency.

When integrity falls in the dust by the way,
When conviction fails to command,
When there’s no one to bugle or carry the flag,
What will become of our land?

So, here’s to the heroes and heroines true!
Here’s to the brave and the free!
With my hand on my chest as the flag passes by,
I remember what you did for me!!!

Armed Forces Day Poem by Joan Clifton Costner

Although this was the theme for the day, there were several other purposes for holding Armed Forces Day. It was a type of "educational program for civilians," one in which there would be an increased awareness of the Armed Forces. It was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job is performed and the role of the military in civilian life. It was a day for the military to show "state-of-the-art" equipment to the civilian population they were protecting. And it was a day to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Coltin James Rapelje, Fort Bragg N.C.
This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces ... to all the individuals who are in the service of their country all over the world. Armed Forces Day won't be a matter of parades and receptions for a good many of them. They will all be in line of duty and some of them may give their lives in that duty.

Katie Elkins Rappelling from Tower.Army 1st Lt. Katie Elkins begins rappelling from the tower at the Joint Maneuver Training Center on Camp Atterbury, Ind., Aug. 18, 2011. Elkins is assigned to the Indiana National Guard's 81st Troop Command. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. John Crosby

Assembling unguided bombs during a practice.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason Vanover helps assemble unguided conventional bombs during a practice run for the second annual Air Force Global Strike Command Global Strike Challenge in Minot, N.D., Aug. 16, 2011. Minot airmen from both the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing have participated in this year's event, which runs through November. Vanover is a 5th Munitions Squadron maintenance crew member. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron-Forrest Wainwright

Firing an M119A2 105mm Howitzer at Fort Bragg N.C.
Army Spc. Kyle Graff and Staff Sgt. Ronald Feaser fire an M119A2 105mm howitzer during platoon evaluations on Fort Bragg, N.C., June 15, 2011. Graff and Feaser are artillerymen assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

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