The Ooltewah High School Army ROTC at the 65th annual Armed Forces Day parade in Chattanooga, TN, May 2, 2014
The Ooltewah High School Army ROTC at the 65th annual Armed Forces Day parade in Chattanooga, TN, May 2, 2014
The Ooltewah High School Army ROTC at the 65th annual Armed Forces Day parade in Chattanooga, TN, May 2, 2014

Saturday is Armed Forces Day in the United States, when Americans pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces in times of war and peace.

The commemoration is held on the third Saturday in May and events are held across the country to honor Americans in uniform, including parades, air shows, base and ship tours and various military displays.

Armed Forces Day was created in 1949, during the Harry Truman presidency, combining the previously separate Army, Air Force and Navy days.  The day stemmed from the unification of the military services in the new Department of Defense.

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