Armed Forces Day

by techtiptom

Originally posted on on 05/08/2009:

In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. The day was created in 1949, and was a result of the consolidation of the military services in the Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Days, but observance of these days, especially within each particular service, continues to this day.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions and air shows. Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May, and Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May. Because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May.

The purpose of Armed Forces day is to honor Americans serving in the five services – the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Armed Forces Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year will be on Sunday, May 17th. This annual event brings together community and business leaders from across the state along with Indiana military leaders to recognize the accomplishments of Hoosiers past and present serving in the military at home and abroad.

As in years past, we will be treated to a fly past of F16s from the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard. United States Senator Richard Lugar (R – Indiana) will meet with Air Force, Air National Guard, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Navy applicants, and swear them in as new recruits. This marks the 29th time Senator Lugar has participated in a ceremony at the IMS swearing in new recruits from all branches of the military.

Military helicopters, including a Blackhawk, an Apache, and an M553 are planned to fly in as well.

As both a former United States Marine and a former active duty Guardsman, I invite you to come out to the Track for Armed Forces Day. OK, it is also Bump Day!

Indianapolis 500 practice, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.; Indianapolis 500 qualifying, noon to 6 p.m.; music by Rapid Fire at Pagoda Plaza, 10 a.m. Gates open, 8 a.m.