20 May Message on Armed Forces Day
To our U.S. Armed Forces: thanks for what you do for all of us, our families and our country. We admire you. We watch you in action all over the world. We wish we were young again and could serve with you side by side. We are older now and have seen a lot. We understand courage and professionalism and peace and war. You make us all proud. We have never seen better than you. God bless you, your families and our country – from the members of the Super Sabre Society
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 the Department of Defense.