President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday
for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their
patriotic service in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the
creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine
Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the
unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department
Say a prayer for all our service men and women, past, present and future!