Commentary by Rick Baum
The month of May is Military Appreciation Month, and that brings opportunities for citizens to display patriotism throughout our community, state and nation. Each year, Armed Forces Day is recognized on the third Saturday of May.
This year’s Armed Forces Day is May 19 and will give Americans an opportunity to pay tribute to all men and women in uniform serving the U.S. as your Guardians of Freedom. This salute recognizes all branches of military service.
President Harry Truman’s signed proclamation 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, toward 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.” That year’s theme was “Teamed for Defense.”
President Truman’s proclamation was signed following World War II’s fierce battles, and at the threshold of the brutal Korean War. Americans celebrated the first Armed Forces Day with parades, open houses, receptions and air shows.
Do you know someone serving in the armed forces to protect your peace and liberty? Show your appreciation by communicating how much you value their devotion and sacrifice. Send care packages to their unit while deployed. Invite them for a meal when they are home on leave. Your encouragement builds much-needed morale.
Remember to fly your flag on Armed Forces Day. Your Zionsville American Legion sells replacement flags and provides a means for you to bring your unserviceable flags to the Post for proper disposal, according to the United States Flag Code.
The American Legion is composed of veterans who served in one or more of the military branches during a time of war. Come visit us. You may be eligible for membership in the nation’s largest veterans service organization.
Rick Baum is a U.S. Marine veteran and Zionsville American Legion Post 79 post service officer and chaplain.