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Armed Forces Day (U.S.)United Kingdom ~ Worldwide
On the third Saturday in May U.S. citizens are urged to thank military members for their patriotic service.
U.S. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish this holiday in 1949. Armed Forces Day replaced separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days and recognized the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense.
Proclaimed by President George W. Bush in 2001, National Airborne Day is a separate commemorative day on August 16 in remembrance of the first Army parachute jump in 1940.
Armed Forces Days Worldwide
Several other nations have an Armed Forces Day in honor of their military forces.:
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