Armed Forces Day Commemoration

In commemoration of nationally celebrated Armed Forces Day, join the Historical Society of Palm Beach County for a special event at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum.

Armed Forces Day
May 21, 2016 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum
300 North Dixie Highway, Downtown West Palm Beach, FL

See and talk with re-enactors dressed in period uniforms with weapons and vehicles from the Seminole Indian Wars, Civil War, World War II, and other eras. Witness a military weapons demonstration and take part in other activities such as arts and crafts and gallery talks.

Armed Forces Day 2016 is sponsored in part by:    


About Armed Forces Day:
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May each year. It falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May.

The day was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services into the Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still celebrated, especially within each branch.

The first Armed Forces Day, held on May 20, 1950, was celebrated with parades, open houses, receptions, and air shows.

When he instated the day, President Harry S. Truman said:
Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America's defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.

This event is not Sponsored by or affiliated with Palm Beach County.