President Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, declared in 1959 that the third Saturday in May would hence be Armed Forces Day. Truman led the effort to establish the holiday for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes, from all service branches, for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America. This effort resulted in 1961, President John F. Kennedy declaring Armed Forces Day a national holiday.
This day is also recognition and highlighting the different branches of the US Armed Forces and annually each will choose a theme.
An excerpt taken from an article written in the New York Post on May 17, 1952, sums up Armed Forces Day’s utmost importance:
“It is our most earnest hope that those who are in positions of peril, that those who have made exceptional sacrifices, yes, and those who are afflicted with plain drudgery and boredom, may somehow know that we hold them in exceptional esteem. Perhaps if we are a little more conscious of our debt of honored affection they may be a little more aware of how much we think of them.”
Military holidays can be confusing as there a few different ones:
- Veterans Day, celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans
- Memorial Day, honors those who had died while in military service.
- Armed Forces Day, generally honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.
- Military Spouse Appreciation Day, celebrates spouses and families of those serving in the US military.
However, throughout the years’ many communities and families have chosen to extend this honor and salute of Armed Forces Day to include those who have served as well.
Here at the Right Wire Report, we would like to pay tribute to all active and non-active military and their families for their duty, honor, and sacrifice.
We especially wish to celebrate those within our Right Wire Report member community:
(We asked for as much identifying information the members felt comfortable sharing)
His grandmother’s brothers served in World War II. Here is a family keepsake picture of them standing in front of a sign re: the longest tactical bridge built at that time by US Army Corp Engineers across the Rhine River. The picture indicates ADV Second Engineer Group A:
Here is a poignant picture of his Uncle Milford locating his Uncle Bill Graham’s grave in Germany.
Member fhz48 and his wife Brenda Z:
All of Brenda’s four sons raised in South Florida served our country.
- #1 the oldest, was in the Army for electronic warfare in Central and South America and related to the drug war.
- #2 also in the Army, 82nd Airborne, Egypt/Israel, and the Sinai Peninsula.
- #3 served as the only Marine in the family and was in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Desert Storm (Highway to Hell )South Korea, Philippines, and Okinawa Japan.
- #4, the youngest, served as an Army MEDIVAC in Seoul, South Korea, as a Patriot Missile Officer in QATAR, and attended West Point graduating in 1999. He was on the West Point football team until an injury ended that run.
As a mother that was quite a sacrifice and our country owes them and her a debt of gratitude. Brenda’s 1st husband, and father to the four sons, served in WW2.
Fhz48’s father was born in Austria but became a US Citizen, joined the US Navy where he was stationed in Corpus Christy, Tx. Naval Air Station and was a pilot instructor.
Member Gossomer_28: Louisiana
32-year-old has a son who is serving in Afghanistan, fourth tour of duty, and is an explosive ordinance disposal specialist. He has the rank of special forces and cannot be disclosed.
Member Sue NH:
“This picture shows my mother, uncle, and grandfather, all living in New Haven, Ct. during WW2. The year is 1942 and at the time it was taken my mother was 19, my uncle was 24, and my grandfather was 47.
Member BlueAgent007: Illinois
My Great Grandfather served in WWI and fought in the trenches of France. I do not remember much from the specific stories of the time, but one thing was obvious. Ever since I have known him he walked like a cripple from the gas poisoning many had received in the trenches. He struggled to climb stairs and had a special car with hand controls. He never complained about his misfortune. However, I had never seen him cry until the subject one day came up about what had happened to the fellow soldiers he had served with – it was unspeakable.
Despite these ailments, he went on to mine coal by hand to sell the town folk for heat and built several farms during the depression era. Because of his hard work and sacrifice, not only did I receive a personal inheritance but a free country to live in. We should never forget the contribution and sacrifice of the past generation that has given so much to us. It is disgusting to see many in our country so quickly willing to give it away.
Member Jake11: Texas
His son Lonnie currently serves in the 75th Ranger Regiment out of Fort Benning, GA. Lonnie’s two uncles also served as Army rangers.
Member Fireplug 482002: Kansas
US Army from 1967 to 1970 served in Vietnam. ” It was a long time ago.”
The Right Wire Report believes Americans must never forget the Vietnam war or the sacrifices of our countrymen. It is our duty to inform our young of the most accurate history of that war and all others.
“I was in the US Army )1983-1987) 11B (Combat Arms) ACo 4/502 (Berlin Brigade) and C Co 2/29 (Ft Benning Ga) I was also a Dragon Gunner and M203 Gunner. Honorable Discharge E4.”
“I would like to honor my nephew,, John,, who serves in the United States Army. John serves as a scout and has done 3 tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been injured twice. I admire him for his courage and family’s sacrifice.! Thank You, John!”
Member J ‘ster:
“My basic training picture from 1970.”
Member carolinaclp_3: Michigan
“I served 8 years in the USAF from the thumb area of Michigan. I was assigned to Wurtsmith AFB for 4 years, and 4 years at Vandenberg AFB . I also had temporary assignments to Ellsworth and Offutt under SAC command.”
Member Creflo_fistfulofdollars: Texas
I served 23 years in the US Military: 3 in the US Navy and the rest in the TX. National Guard. I retired as an E-6. I had been a corpsman, medic, and Chaplain assistant.
I have several family members currently serving.
Due to space, here is but a few of them listed. Those not mentioned please know your service is honored and appreciated, I am so proud of every one of you for carrying on our merged families’ military duty-legacy. The guardians of freedom never rest. MUCH RESPECT!
- My sister’s son, my nephew, “G” is 29 and is serving as a US Navy SEAL, presently in the Middle East. His paternal grandfather is a retired US Navy SEAL( original member, DEVGRU)
- My Brother’s grandson is also a US Navy SEAL, ” K.L.” and has had 3 tours of duty in theater in 4 countries. His maternal grandfather served as a US Navy SEAL, retired.
- My Brother-in-law has three sons who serve: Garth is in the US Navy, ranks CO -3, and is stationed in Japan. Thad is in the North Carolina National Guard 30th Armored Brigade ( Old Hickory.) And Dakota is a US Army Ranger out of Hunter Army Airfield.
- My Niece’s son, Jenson, is attending West Point, first year, and hopes to become a commissioned officer.
My family has had a member fight in every American War since the Revolutionary War. Here are a few highlighted:
My 6th Great Uncle was Major General of Militia, Richard Caswell, New Bern, North Carolina in the American Revolutionary War. He participated in the Battle of Alamance against the Regulators in 1771. When relations between the colonies and England became strained in 1774, he was elected to the Continental Congress. During the American Revolution, Caswell resumed his military career and commanded Patriot forces at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in 1776. It was during the war that Caswell was chosen to be North Carolina’s first elected governor and headed the committee that wrote the new state’s constitution. He would eventually serve six one-year terms as governor both during and after the war.
Great maternal Grandfather, Fields – from Anguilla Mississippi, served in the Civil War when he subordinated all other interests to go forth in defense of the Confederate cause. In 1861 he enlisted as a private in Company L, Mississippi cavalry, and his regiment was in the command of Gen. Wirt Adams until 1864, after which he served under Colonel Woods. The first engagement in which he took part was a skirmish at Bowling Green, Ky., from which point his command retreated to Nashville, Tenn., after which he participated in the battle of Shiloh. He would rise in rank through field commissions to Colonel and later took part in the engagements at Iuka Springs and Champion Hills and finally went into Alabama, where his regiment was stationed at the time of the final surrender and where he received his parole in May 1865. After the close of his long and gallant military career, he returned to Sharkey county, where he engaged in farming as an extensive landowner of cotton fields and one of the first Cotton Gins in the South.
All 3 maternal Uncles served in Air Force in WWII:
- My eldest paternal Uncle, George, served heroically as 1st lieutenant in the 393rd Bombardment Squadron in WWII. He was the flight engineer on the backup strike plane on Iwo Jima. His Crew B-8. was part of the Hiroshima bomb mission in WW2, his plane was ” Big Stink” the decoy. He flew as the flight engineer of the Laggin’ Dragon, the weather reconnaissance plane, during the mission to Nagasaki. I recall him telling me the story as a small child about how he and his crew were isolated for months on an island for debriefing following the bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He suffered his entire adult life post-military service with debilitating back issues as a result of being shot down and landing in a tree in the last few months of his tour. I never saw him stand upright. As one can imagine his war history was fascinating and often topic at gatherings however he was highly reticent to go into details. He would physically sink in his chair when asked how he felt about the results of being part of ending the war,” I try very hard not to think about it, and when I do I think about following orders,” he would say. Among many medals, he always cherished his Air Medal of Valor the most.
- My maternal Uncle, Tom served in the US Airforce and flew missions against the Luftwaffe forces, and was part of the 306th bomb group as a turret gunner. He lost his right arm in a firefight when his plane was hit. Uncle Tom received the Air Force Commendation Medal.
- My maternal Uncle, Bill served in the US Airforce and flew missions against the Luftwaffe forces as part of the 100th bomb group as a flight engineer. He participated in the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission where the 100th took on terrible casualty losses, thank goodness Uncle Bill was not one of them. Uncle Bill had a limp from his time in the service related to a roll and ditch of his aircraft later on in his career. He broke his right hip and femur in 4 fragments. Uncle Bill received the Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Cross Medal for his heroic acts.
Member Conservative Rep1: NE Ohio
“I joined US Army in 1986 two weeks after graduating High School. My boot camp location was out of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and was in 13 Bravo company, Field Artillery. I spent four years stationed in Augsburg, Germany, and then Army Reserves stateside. I assembled atomic projectiles for the 8′ Howitzer.”