Saturday, May 17, 2008
Posted by Thomas MacEntee
In the United States, Armed Forces Day is the third Saturday in May and commemorates the consolidation of all the military services into the Department of Defense. Prior to 1949 our armed forces were considered separate entities (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) and each had its own commemmoration day.
So if you don't fly the flag every day, today is a great day to do so. I have a huge 5 x 8 foot flag used to drape a coffin during a military funeral and I always hang it (in the proper direction of course!) off the back deck. I'm sure my neighbors have no idea it is Armed Forces Day but perhaps they'll see it and ask!
[Note: if you want to learn more about how the United States flag should be displayed and when, click here.]