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.
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