It doesn't seem that very many people know about this, and I doubt seriously that it's even mentioned in our public schools anymore, sort of like Flag Day. President Harry Truman wanted a holiday to give the opportunity for everyone to thank our heroes for their service to our country. This day was established August 31, 1949 by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson, and replaced separate days for each branch of the military. The idea for a single day rather than separate days came from all of the different branches being brought together under the Department of Defense.
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Be sure to thank anyone who has served or is serving in our Armed Forces. Because of them, you enjoy freedoms, safety, and security that many throughout the world do not.