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Celebrating Armed Forces Day

Celebrating Armed Forces Day

May 14 2015

Armed Forces Day 

While not as popularly celebrated as Memorial Day at the end of the month, Armed Forces Day, which takes place on the third Saturday of May, is an important day to honor those who have proudly served their country. First recognized in 1950, Armed Forces Day was created to consolidate various days intended to celebrate different branches of the military into one big celebration.  Celebrate the day as a part of a larger Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of the month and ends on the Sunday following Armed Forces Day.

The first theme used to celebrate Armed Forces Day was "Teamed for Defense," and typically a different theme is used each year in order to recognize a different area of the armed forces or to honor a certain achievement. Other themes used in the past have included, "Lasting Peace," "Pillars of Freedom," and "Representatives of the World's Mightiest Democracy."

In general, Armed Forces Day has served two historical purposes: to demonstrate the unity of all branches of the Armed Forces and to educate citizens about the Armed Forces. Today, in addition to parades and celebrations, many special events are held at military museums, and events such as air shows are popular. These can offer people fantastic opportunities for honoring their men and women in uniform! 

Because of its proximity to Memorial Day, many homeowners may find this to be the perfect occasion to add some patriotic flair to their garden. Red, white, and blue understandably rule the day when it comes to décor schemes, and there are plenty of ways to incorporate these color details into your outdoor living space.

Arrange faux flowers in patriotic colors for a beautiful, patriotic wreath for a front or back door. Now is the perfect time to craft red, white, and blue garlands or streamers for your upcoming Memorial Day celebration. Additionally, those who prefer live flowers can find an assortment of red, white, and blue blooms to place in containers such as hanging baskets or large planters for their patio. 


If you do decide to throw a little celebration for Armed Forces Day, there are plenty of great patriotic treats you can break out for the occasion. A simple parfait with cream, blueberries, and strawberries is a delicious red, white, and blue treat that is perfect for those first warm days of summer. If you are feeling particularly creative, you can even make delicious, star-spangled sugar cookies with a patriotic theme.

Hamburger and hot dogs

Of course, don't forget that as things start to warm up, Armed Forces Day presents you with the perfect opportunity to clean off your grill and throw your first delicious barbecue of the season. Even if you have something a bit bigger planned for your Memorial Day bash, a few burgers and steaks on the grill can be a great way to honor those who have served. Be sure to offer up extra servings for any soldiers you invite over for the occasion!

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