Armed Forces Day: Keeping America strong & secure

Armed Forces DayToday we honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces. The Armed Forces Day celebration began when President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

The single-day celebration, stemming from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department – the Department of Defense – replaced separate Army, Navy and Air Force days. While the services draw power as a united force, they are even stronger because of their uniqueness.

“The Coast Guard is unique among the Armed Forces. We have distinctive authorities, competencies and capabilities not found in any other organization that enable us to protect those on the sea, protect America from threats delivered by sea, and protect the sea itself,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp in his Armed Forces Day message to the Coast Guard.

“While many of these duties are humanitarian in nature, we are at all times an armed force and military service, and stand with the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps in joint commitment to protect and defend our Nation. For us, this means standing shoulder to shoulder with the other services in direct defense of our country, as well as bringing our many valued missions to bear on national security issues,” added Papp.

Take the time today to honor and acknowledge the men and women in your life who have served and show your appreciation in the comments below!



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13 Responses

  1. Willard Crossen AMC retired says:

    Way to go, I have known Vice Adm. Currier for many years and flew with him at the Cape, very proud to have served with him. AMC W D Crossen Retired

  2. Joey says:

    Thank You for your Service!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Coastie Mom says:

    A huge thanks to all men and women who serve your country proudly and bravely!  A special thanks to USCG Lt. Fins.  Love you, son! 

  4. Irishlassie37 says:

    Very proud of my CG son! Love you Kris!


  5. Matthew P Husler says:

    I always enjoyed talking to Adm O’Hara when we would see her during my time at Sta Washington, very fortunate to be able to be so close to the CG command Cadre and interact with everyone of them.

  6. no_ill_fx says:

    Fair winds and following seas to Vice Adm Sally Brice-O’Hara. Had the opportunity to work with her a few times while working as a civilian at Training Center Yorktown. Best of luck and God speed to Vice Adm. Currier.

  7. Matthew P Husler says:

    Please have respect for her service, she is a lady of Honor and Service. Doesnt matter what her age is.

  8. guest says:

    who cares how old ANY of them are!!

  9. P D Fletcher YN1 USCG Retired says:

    Admiral Brice-O’Hara Thank you for your service Ma’am. Fair Winds and Following Seas to you and yours.

    I enlisted the same year you graduated OCS and this is another sign to me that our generation of Coast Guardsman are passing the torch to the next generation.  Though this saddens me, I also know that our generation served well and we are passing our experience and knowledge to a generation that will do us proud.

    Semper Paratus!

  10. Chris Williams says:

    This “lady” is Vice Admiral (Ret) Sally Brice-O’Hara which makes her “Ma’am” or “Admiral” to you. 🙂 

  11. Nancy Gracer says:

    20 should be the cap for all services you go over your out

  12. Daniel L Baumgardner says:

    One of the best CO’s I had the pleasure of serving with. She was my CO at Station Cape May, NJ when I was an MK3 and she was a LCDR back in 1986. She was a very fair and just CO and was always on her game. One of the smartest and level headed officers I’ve ever met. Fair winds and following seas Admiral, Congrats!    
    MKCS Dan Baumgardner, USCG Retired.

  13. Nancykramer5 says:

    20 should only be the cap for people who don’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. Just sayin’.