The Origins of Armed Forces and Memorial Day



The Origins of Armed Forces and Memorial Day






"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."

Memorial Day honors the men and women that died while in military service.  The day was originally called Decoration Day to remember those that died in the United States Cvil War (1861-1865).





Joe Brown, a World War II veteran, recorded his experience as a prisoner of war in We Stole to Live. The true story tells of his POW days, his fellow POWs. 
Among these was my great-uncle.




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Credit:  http://www.defense.gov/afd/, wikipedia.org

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