Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 21 is Armed Forces Day

From the Armed Forces Day (AFD) website (link),

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.

I received an email from one of my followers, Sharlene:

I just wanted to let you know that we had our Girl Scout meeting last week & that the girls sent out 12 cards to people on the list you sent us. The girls also used the phrases suggested by Cathy Maxwell in her Thank a Veteran essay (link).  

Thank you, Sharlene, for caring about our deployed personnel and setting an example for the Girl Scouts.  

Photo published for Little soldiers, little reminders

I spotted this story online, Little Soldiers, Little Reminders (link),

"On a daily basis there's not much we can do except for pray. So my daughter suggested I put a little sign on my desk to ask people to do that every day," said Terri Martin, Executive Administrative Assistant to Senior Vice president & Chief Medical Officer at Tift Regional Medical Center. "My initial reaction was it was fantastic because it is a specific way to ask people and to give them a reminder every day because they can take a solider and they can put it on their shelf, on their desk, in their pocket and have a daily reminder that there are people out there every single day sacrificing for us and we need to think about it," she added.

I'm off to the dollar store to find little soldiers for my office.

Thank you, military families, past and present, for your selfless sacrifice.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. God Bless our military.....thank you for keeping us safe.

  2. I wish I still had a girl scout troop. Thanks

  3. I enjoyed my time as a leader when my girls were involved.

  4. Love the little soldier idea!!!

  5. Hi Kim - Thanks again for your list of names. Our Girl Scout troop will most definitely do the cards again next year. I think it is great to remind them of the sacrifices our military men & women make every day. Our PTA also collects items to send overseas.Thank you for your service & dedication, Kim!

  6. The little soldiers are a wonderful idea. I will have to think of some way to incorporate it into our Service to the Armed Forces Program with the Red Cross. Today, we had a picnic with my husband's American Legion and DAV Posts. It was a wonderful get together with many members who have passed being honored.

  7. Thank you for your continued support of the military. I have 15 members of my family in the military. Including my son. My son Durane is a 2 times veteran. He has gone to Kuwait and Afghanistan.

  8. What a wonderful idea! I've got to get a soldier even though I rarely need a reminder. I've been praying for loved ones and their comrades today and every day. Oh, and thank you for showing me the Herndon monument at the Academy -- I just watched a live stream of the climb. What hysterical fun. Hugs!

  9. I love the idea of the little soldiers.