Monday, May 22, 2017

21 May 2017 - Utah Dixie Detachment #1270 Participates in Armed Forces Day

Presentation of Service Flags for Armed Forces Day recognition.
By William Fortune
Saturday May 21, 2017––A local auto dealer, Painter Mitsubishi, arranged for a celebration and recognition of Armed Forces Day with the presence of Snow Canyon High School Jazz band and the presentation of the Armed Services Flags and the Pledge of Allegiance by two veterans’ groups at their dealership on Hilton drive in St. George, Utah.  Arriving around 11:00 am to the sounds of 40’s swing music provided by the Jazz Band, the Marine Corps League formed a firing detail and the American Legion provided a color guard of all the service flags.  The band also played all the service songs after the veterans’ groups arrived.  As the flags were brought forward and dipped, Old Glory remained tall and the audience was invited to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. Then as the pledge was concluded the Marines fired their gun salute.  According to Tamara Sherman, at Painter, “they wanted to show their appreciation for the nations’ armed forces and recognize their service.” They also arranged to have a lunch for all the veterans who participated.  All of this was done in recognition of Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces Day in the United States comes after Armed Forces Week and honors all five military branches: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Armed Forces Week begins the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May. Armed Forces Day is always the third Saturday in May. Both Armed Forces Day and Armed Forces Week fall during Military Appreciation Month.  Prior to the establishment of the Armed Forces Day, the Army, Navy, and Air Force all had their own days. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.  On Aug. 31, 1949, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the armed forces under one agency — the Department of Defense.