Celebrated on the third Saturday in May, which is Military Appreciation Month
Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day on August 31, 1949 to combine the then separate Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force Days.
The single day celebration was in response to the unification of US armed forces under one agency, the Department of Defense.
Armed Forces Day is a day to honor those who are currently serving in the seven branches that make up the country’s military; Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and now the new Space Force.
This Saturday will also be the first in person meeting of the Highlands American Legion Post 370 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Post 370 welcomes back all members as well as any Veteran who would like to attend the meeting at 10 a.m. in the Highlands United Methodist Church Faith and Fellowship Center.
There will not be the usual breakfast in an effort to conform to pandemic restrictions, but attendees are welcome to bring their own breakfast beverage.
Pictured at the top of the article is American Legion Post 370 Commander Ed McClosky on Veterans Day in 2020 in Highlands.