Armed Forces Day 2012

The third Saturday in May each year is designated as Armed Forces Day, to honor and celebrate all five branches of the US military: the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The observance began in 1949 after the military services were consolidated in the Department of Defense.

Armed Forces Day occurs during Military Appreciation Month, the month of May.

Thank you to everyone who has served our country or who is serving in the military today. Thank you to their families and loved ones who sacrifice so the military members can protect us.

O LORD God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines of our country. Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~ 1928 Book of Common Prayer

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