Armed Forces Day was established in 1949 to celebrate the unification of our United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guards who are currently serving. This day is usually honored on the third Saturday of May and for U.S. citizens and residents to come together to appreciate and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
It’s not just about the 5-10% discounts for a day that indicates support. Although this gesture is much appreciated, there are several other ways to show your support and celebrate Armed Forces Day!Here are 8 ways you can celebrate Armed Forces Day this year! Click To Tweet
Here are 8 ways to celebrate Armed Forces Day to name a few:
- Know the history before you take any action. The worse thing to do is to celebrate something without knowing why. The most creditable sources are the government websites whose address ends with gov., or an individual that has served are currently serving. Visit the Department of Defense’s webpage to learn about Armed Forces Day https://afd.defense.gov/History/.
- If you see anyone in uniform say, “Thank You for your service.” Spark up a conversation by asking them what their military occupational specialty is. That extra efforts goes a long way and remember; they are human too.
- Take your family and friends to visit a military installation. Each individual will only need a valid government identification. Walk around the installation, check out the museums, where they shop, where they eat. You’ll be surprised how honored servicemembers are when they see how eager U.S. citizens are interested in knowing who protects them.
- Attend a military parade, air show, or public event. Usually Armed Forces Day host several events the entire week leading to the official third Saturday of May. Check your local area for the events near you.
- Donate to a military-support nonprofit organization. Care packages, letters, emails, and cards are great gifts to donate specifically to the servicemembers that are currently in combat operations. You can check out this government site for a list of all certified community and outreach services https://dod.defense.gov/Resources/Community-Resources/carepackages/
- Host a barbecue for family, friends and neighbors and invite a veteran or servicemember. Get to know why they chose to serve, what they do, and their families.
- Display the American flag at your home or workplace whether you’re a citizen or not. If you reside in the country for whatever reason, this is an awesome way to show your support for the people who protect where you currently live.
- Educate your children about the sacrifices, commitments and benefits of maintaining a solid, professional military community. As it states in the King James Bible of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
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