FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On May 20, we celebrate Armed Forces Day to honor our service members and their dedication to our great nation. Armed Forces Day was first observed in 1950, and occurs every year on the third Saturday of May. President Harry S. Truman, a Missouri native, established the holiday following World War II, as a day for citizens to thank military members for their service.
Since the founding of our country 246 years ago — from the Boston campaign during the American Revolution, to Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq — service members have stood ready to defend our great nation.
Truman once said, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. Because of these sacrifices, the dawn of justice and freedom throughout the world slowly casts its gleam across the horizon.”
This Saturday, please take a moment to thank the men and women who have selflessly volunteered to protect our right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
We are very proud of our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Guardians, and we appreciate the support we receive from the local communities which make Fort Leonard Wood such a great place to live and work.
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