May 22nd National Maritime Day

Did you know that during a time of war that all merchant shipping actually becomes a part of the Armed Services? I suppose this is to place those independent ships under the protection of the Navy as they carry valuable cargo and troops to battle. Congress actually created this day back in 1933 prior to World War 2 where some 250,000 men and women served in the Merchant Marine, 6,700 were lost along with some 800 ships sunk during the war. The most noted Merchant Marine ship were the Liberty ships built, and lightly armed, to transport war assets.

How to celebrate – Read about the Merchant Marine service in America. Become a Merchant Marine. Read about the wolf packs of World War 2.

May 21st Armed Forces Day

Louis Johnson, Sec. of Defense, created Armed Forces Day to celebrate all the branches of military service in America. He created in in 1949 just after World War 2 when the Air Force separated from the Army creating the US Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines and Coast Guard as separate branches of service. Each branch has elements of the other services among themselves making certain assignments easier to coordinate but each is also separate to allow independent thought and command.

How to celebrate – Thank anyone you see in any branch of service for what they do to protect us. Study the different branches of the services. Learn why all branches are separate.

April 11th National Submarine Day

It definitely takes a very special person to serve on a submarine. Even in the modern submarines the quarters are tight and you may not see daylight for months at a time. Submarines have been around since before the American Revolution. The first successful submarine was the Turtle in 1775, although it was only did minor damage. During the Civil War submarines sank themselves more often than another ship. Today submarines patrol the world, ready to strike at any moment.

How to celebrate – Learn more about the submarine service. Visit one of the submarines now serving as a museum. “Run Silent, Run Deep”

November 10th USMC Day

The Continental Marines formed in 1775, November 10th, in order to protect the new formed Navy. Since Shipping was vital to American interests, the Marines became vital to American protection. Since then, the Marines have seen action in every war America has been in, and most military actions. Their motto, “Leave no man behind” is both an attitude of pride and a show of honor for comrades in arms.

How to celebrate – Visit a Marine Corp base where events are being celebrated. Thank a Marine for all they do. Read about the Marines history.

May 15th Armed Forces Day

Each branch of the military celebrates the day they were created. The US Army June 14, 1775, the US Navy October 13, 1775, the Continental Marines November 10, 1775, the US Coast Guard June 28, 1915 and the US Air Force September 18, 1947. However on August 31, 1949 US Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson determined we all needed a day to honor all military service personal which was announced by President Harry Truman on February 20, 1950. It was finalized that all forces had to comply by May 20th, 1950 and this special day was named the 3rd Saturday in May. All service members deserve our thanks for all they have done, and all they will do. Combined, they make a force respected world wide, independent and yet combined in the defense of America and her allies.

How to celebrate – Thank a serviceman/woman for their service to America. Visit a military base. Learn the history of each branch of the military.

November 10th USMC Day

The United States Marine Corp was formed on November 10th, 1775. Though the armed service have repeatedly tried to remove the Marine Corp over the years it has become one of the most proven military forces in American history. Officially the land force for the Navy, the Marines began their service aboard ships as sharpshooters and a policing force for the Navy. Over the years, as a part of the Navy, the Marines were the first to arrive on the scene since they were transported by the Navy but today they are much more than originally intended. The Few, the Proud, the Marines. Semper Fidelis, meaning always faithful.

How to celebrate – Learn about the Marines history. Thank any Marine you meet. Visit a Marine Corp base.

May 22nd National Maritime Day

May 22nd National Maritime Day

Most countries economic development originated with the ships, and the men and women who sailed them, to grow. When there were no airplanes the only way to build trade with other countries was by what could be shipped out, and shipped in. With the world connected by merchant ships, there needed to be a strong navy to protect them. In World War 2 the allied countries were held together by their ability to ship war materials, and food, to those countries under siege. 250,000 Merchant Marines served during World War 2 with 6,700 (At least) perishing to get those needed supplies through. Today was created by the US Congress in 1933.

How to celebrate – Learn more about the foundations of our economy. Thank any sailors you see. Learn more about the maritime services.

May 16th Armed Forces Day

Always celebrated on the 3rd Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day is a day to honor those that serve to protect us and so that the public can get to know how those services operate. Most armed services provide a public viewing of the history of the service’s history at bases set up for the day. Today was set up by a Presidential Proclamation under Harry Truman on Feb 20th, 1950 and was first officially observed on May 20th, 1950. American armed forces include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines (A part of the navy) and the Coast Guard. These men and women are due our respect and should be honored for their service.

How to celebrate – Visit an open base for Armed Forces Day. Thank a soldier for what they do. Read about what all the branches do to keep us safe.

November 10th USMC Day

Today we celebrate the birth of the Marine Corp on November 10th, 1775. Back then they were called the Continental Marines, their main duty – keep the enemy from boarding the and capturing the small Continental Navy ships. Over the years, Congress has tried desperately to get rid of the Marines, until they realized that they were the reason we were winning wars. Their numbers have always been kept low and their training among the best in the world. They are generally the first to land during any conflict, and the last to defend even when all hope is gone. We owe a lot to the Marine Corp. The few, the proud, the Marines. Semper Fi.

How to celebrate – Thank any Marine you see for their service. Study the conflicts the Marines have been involved in. Visit the National Marine Museum in Virginia.

October 27th Navy Day

October 13th Congress created the US Navy in 1775. It wasn’t much of a navy, but at least we had one. October 27th is Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday, he realized that a powerful navy was what would make America a world power instead of a struggling nation. Navy Day was created in 1922 by The Navy League, they chose Roosevelt’s birthday because in many ways, Roosevelt created the idea of a navy as we have today, pretty much unchallenged as one of the top of the world. Not only does the navy protect our shores, it allows America to reach out and assist other countries, and defend them when required. Sometimes a show of power actually creates peace. Today the air forces may hold the power but it often is a power that goes unseen. When the navy arrives, everyone knows it.

How to celebrate – Learn more about the Navy. Visit a port where Naval craft are stationed. Visit a Naval museum.