Celebrate Armed Forces Day with Us

Story by Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

In honor of Armed Forces Day, May 18, many American citizens will witness a wreath laying ceremony on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

This ceremony will be conducted by our most-senior noncommissioned officers in our military – the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Sergeant Major of the Army, the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.

Our 33rd President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a day for citizens to come together and thank our men and women for their patriotic service in support of our great nation. This single day celebration stems from the unification of the Armed Forces under our Department of Defense.

Armed Forces Day is only made possible because of the brave men and women who have proudly worn the cloth of our nation. For over two centuries, U.S. troops have served all over the world – all hours of the day and night — on land, at sea and in the air, protecting our homeland and ensuring America’s freedom.

In honor of all service members – past and present- we ask our nation to take a moment this Armed Services Day to reflect on the freedoms that we are blessed to have.

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