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Armed Forces Day: May 20, 2023

Press Release Number CB23-SFS.72

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, “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.”

From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 10400—Armed Forces Day, 2022: “On Armed Forces Day, we share our unending appreciation for the proud patriots who answer the call to serve, taking the sacred oath to defend our Constitution. The brave members of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard and Reserve forces represent the best of our Nation. Today and every day, we honor their immeasurable service on behalf of our grateful Nation."

Key Stats

Source: Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates.  

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From Topics  /  Population  /  Veterans:

Source: 2018 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates, and the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center.

Note: Click on the images for the high-resolution PDF version of the infographic.

Source: 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates.

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From the History Branch > Notable Alumni > Census Supervisors and Employees (partial list of veterans)

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Page Last Revised - May 12, 2023
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