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September 15th, 2021

Military Recognition Days

How do we support our current military on a day other than Armed Forces Day? There are military recognition days for each branch of the military. Below are dates that are celebrated and recognized for our armed forces.

March 15th – Merchant Marines Birthday

April 6th – Army Day (unofficially) 

3rd Saturday in May – Armed Forces Day

May 22nd – National Maritime Day (Honors Merchant Marines) 

Last Monday in May – Memorial Day

June 14th – Army Birthday

August 1st – Air Force Day (unofficially) 

August 4th – Coast Guard Birthday & Day

September 17th – POW/MIA Day

September 18th – Air Force Birthday

October 13th – Navy Birthday

October 27th – Navy Day

November 10th – Marine Corps Day

November 11th – Veterans Day

December 20th – Space Force Birthday & Day

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is observed on the third Saturday in May. It was created on August 31, 1949 to bring the Army, Air Force, and Navy under one department of defense. When Armed Forces Day was created, the individual observation days for Army, Air Force, and Navy were no longer nationally celebrated. They are still celebrated unofficially. 

Army

Unofficial Recognition Day: Observed on April 6th every year. It was last observed in 1949. 

Birthday: On June 14, 1775, congress authorized the enlistment of expert riflemen to serve. 

Air Force

Unofficial Recognition Day: Observed on August 1st every year. It was last observed in 1949. 

Birthday: On September 18, 1947, when the new branch was officially established. 44 years after the Wright Brother conducted the first airplane flight. 

Coast Guard

Created on August 4, 1790 to combat smuggling and enforce tariff laws.

Marine Corps

Established on November 10, 1775.

Merchant Marines

Created on May 22, 1933 to celebrate and honor the Merchant Marines.

Navy

Unofficial Recognition Day: Observed on October 27th every year. It was last observed in 1949. 

Birthday: On October 13th, 1775, when the new branch was officially established.

POW/MIA

Recognition day is September 17th to honor those who were prisoners of war and who are still missing in action. 

Space Force

Established on December 20, 2019.

Veterans Day 

Observed on November 11th every year to honor military who have previously served and been discharged for reasons other than being dishonorable. November 11th marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. 

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It is to honor those who have died while serving in the military. 

Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day are commonly confused. If you ever have any questions about these days, feel free to call us, 303-431-1117. Do you need a military flag? Shop here.

Military Recognition Days

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