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A celebration of Military Holidays is one way we can honor and pay respect to so many who have sacrificed for our freedoms and liberties.

The heroes we honor have served in one or more of the five branches of the military.

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The Army was created by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, and is the largest US Military branch. Being the main ground force of the United States, its purpose is to protect and defend our country by use of ground troops, armor (tanks), artillery, attack helicopters, and tactical nuclear weapons. Within the Army is the Army Reserve, under control of the Federal government. Another reserve unit is the National Guard, under the individual States’ control. Officers: 76,000 – Enlisted: 401,000 (approximate numbers)

The Navy was also created by the Continental Congress in 1775 in order to maintain the freedom of the seas. The Navy consists of aircraft carriers, naval ships, and submarines. The Navy is the main transport for our Marines. The Navy is also supported, when needed, by the Naval Reserves. Officers: 54,000 – Enlisted: 324,000 (approximate numbers)

The Marine Corps, also created by the Continental Congress in 1775, was initially a part of the Navy. However, in 1798 it was established as a separate service by Congress. The Marines consist of amphibious operations, ground-combat, and air power. In times of need, they are supported by the Marine Corps Reserves. Officers: 18,000 – Enlisted: 153,000 (approximate numbers)

In 1790 the Revenue Cutter Service was established, changed to the US Coast Guard in 1915. This branch is primarily responsible for law enforcement, boating safety, sea rescue, and illegal immigration. If needed, the Coast Guard can be transferred, in part or all, to the Navy. There is a Coast Guard Reserve and also a volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary. Officers: 7,000 – Enlisted: 29,000 (approximate numbers)

The Air Force was a part of the Army until 1947. The mission of the Air Force is to defend the United States in the air and space. It consists of fighter aircraft, tanker aircraft, light and heavy bomber aircraft, transport aircraft, and helicopters. Other responsibilities include military satellites and strategic nuclear ballistic missiles. This branch is supported by the Air Force Reserves and the Air National Guard. Officers: 69,000 – Enlisted: 288,000 (approximate numbers)

Please remember all the men and women who serve and their families during these military holidays.

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Month of the Military Child – for more information and activities check here

Army Reserves Birthday – April 23


National Military Appreciation Month

Silver Star Banner Day – May 1
- Honors America’s wounded, ill, and injured service members

V-E Day – May 9

Military Spouse Day – second Friday in May

Armed Forces Day – third Saturday in May
- Quotes

Maritime Day – May 22

Memorial Day – last Monday in May
- Freedom Is Not Free by Kelly Strong
- In Flanders Fields by John McCrae
- We Shall Keep The Faith by Moina Michael


Flag Day – June 14
- Our US Flag and Its Meaning

National Flag Week – the week including June 14

US Army Birthday – June 14


Independence Day – July 4
- Concord Hymn
- Star Spangled Banner


US Coast Guard Birthday – August 4

V-J Day – August 14


US Air Force Birthday – September 18

POW/MIA Recognition Day – third Friday in September

Gold Star Mother’s Day – last Sunday in September


US Navy Birthday – October 13


National Military Family Month

USMC Birthday – November 10

Veteran’s Day – November 11


Pearl Harbor Day – December 7
- President Roosevelt's Day of Infamy Speech

US National Guard Birthday - December 13

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