Did you know that on Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days.
The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department. The theme of the first Armed Forces Day was “Teamed for Defense.” It was chosen as a means of expressing the unification of all military forces under a single department of the government. And it was a day to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States.
In a speech announcing the formation of Armed Forces Day, President Truman, “praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas” and said, “It is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace.”
In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Truman stated “Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950 marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.”
According to the New York Times article published May 17, 1952: “This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces — to all the individuals who are in the service of our country all over the world.”
The Isanti County Historical Society is proud to hold an Armed Forces Day concert by Angie Senger & Joe Chock with Doyle Peck at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17. Tickets are $12, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. The performers will honor veterans with selections from the various periods in which there were military conflicts.
Tickets will be available at the door and may also be purchased online at www.ichs.ws under “Events.” Refreshments will be served. If you are interested in learning more about this evening, becoming a volunteer or historical society member, call 763-689-4229, email [email protected], or visit www.ichs.ws. Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.