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Armed Forces Day: May 21, 2022

Release Number CB22-SFS.71
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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 2873—Armed Forces Day, 1950: “I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim that Saturday, May 20, 1950, shall be known as Armed Forces Day; and I invite the Governors of the States, Territories, and possessions to issue proclamations calling for the celebration of that day in such manner as to honor the Armed Forces of the United States and the millions of veterans who have returned to civilian pursuits.”

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

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Source: 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates.

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Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates.

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