Say thank you to a soldier

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 17, 2006

This Saturday is a special day set aside for the observance of our men and women in uniform – Armed Forces Day.

The unified observance of Armed Forces Day encompassing all branches of the military began in 1950, according to information from the local American Legion.

President Harry S. Truman issued a Presidential Proclamation on Feb. 27, 1950, proclaiming Armed Forces Day May 20, 1950.

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the fourth Armed Forces Day in 1953 said:

“It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world.”

Armed Forces Day serves as a reminder that young men and women have fought – and died – for the rights and liberties we so often take for granted.

And, we must remember that young men and women continue to fight for those freedoms – even as you enjoy a peaceful morning, drinking your cup of coffee and reading your local newspaper.

According to James G. Smith, public relations officer of

American Legion Post No. 20, the day was set aside as a time of reflection, as well as a renewing of our commitment to our soldiers.

Keep in mind that today’s military is strictly volunteer. They go because they have chosen to serve.

Thank you to those who have served in the military and have helped preserve our freedoms.

And, thank you to those who continue to serve, and are willing to risk their lives to keep us safe.