Armed Forces Day 2018, 2019 and furtherView below the dates for (among others) Armed Forces Day 2018 and Armed Forces Day 2019.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
|May 20, 2017||Armed Forces Day 2017||Saturday|
|May 19, 2018||Armed Forces Day 2018||Saturday|
|May 18, 2019||Armed Forces Day 2019||Saturday|
|May 16, 2020||Armed Forces Day 2020||Saturday|
|May 15, 2021||Armed Forces Day 2021||Saturday|
|May 21, 2022||Armed Forces Day 2022||Saturday|
|May 20, 2023||Armed Forces Day 2023||Saturday|
|May 18, 2024||Armed Forces Day 2024||Saturday|
|May 17, 2025||Armed Forces Day 2025||Saturday|
|May 16, 2026||Armed Forces Day 2026||Saturday|
|May 15, 2027||Armed Forces Day 2027||Saturday|
Significance of Armed Forces Day 2018Armed Forces Day 2018 is a federal holiday observed annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day dedicated to paying tribute to men and women who currently serve in the United States' armed forces. Additionally, Armed Forces Day 2018 forms part of Armed Forces Week. It should be noted, that because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in the month of May.
History of Armed Forces DayThe inception of this Armed Forces Day dates back to 31 August 1949, it was a day dedicated to honour Americans who were currently serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the United States Department of Defence. It was intended to replace the separate Army-, Navy-, Air Force-, Marine Corps- and Coast Guard Days but, today, the separate holidays are still observed independently.
On 20 May 1950, the holiday was first observed. The theme for that day was “Teamed for Defence” which expressed the unification of all military forces. Armed Force Day 2018 still remains as a day focused on expanding public knowledge and understanding on what type of job was performed within the army, the role of the military within civilian life and as a day of honour for all those serving in military forces.