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USO Birthday

2021 marks the 80th Birthday of the United Service Organizations (USO). "Since 1941, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their […]

U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Birthday

February 19, 2021 marks the 80th Birthday of the United States Coast Guard Reserve."The Coast Guard Reserve was established by the passage of the Coast Guard reserve and Auxiliary Act of February 19, 1941. That act also established the Coast Guard Auxiliary under its present name (the Auxiliary had originally been called the Coast Guard […]

76th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

February 19, 2021 marks the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.“Located roughly half way between Saipan and Tokyo, and directly under the flight path of B-29 Superfortress bombers headed to Japan, the island of Iwo Jima was a Japanese stronghold of crucial strategic importance and could not be bypassed. Not only would Iwo […]

Anniversary of the End of the Gulf War

February 28, 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the End of the Gulf War. “On August 2, 1990, a force of one hundred thousand Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait and overran the country in a matter of hours. The invasion of Kuwait led to a United Nations Security Council embargo and sanctions on Iraq and a […]

U.S. Navy Reserve Birthday

March 3, 2021 marks the 106th Birthday of the United States Navy Reserve.Learn more: https://allhands.navy.mil/Stories/Display-Story/Article/1840644/history-of-the-navy-reserve/

Navy Seabee Birthday

March 5, 2021 marks the 79th Birthday of the Navy Seabees.Learn more: https://usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/03/03/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-your-seabees/ https://americangimuseum.org/seabee-birthday/

American Legion Birthday

March 15, 2021 marks the 101st Birthday of the American Legion."March 15, the designated birthday of The American Legion, is the day in 1919 when the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. Much as the birthday of the United States is celebrated on July 4 – […]

Anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom

March 20, 2021 marks the 17th Anniversary of the Start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “In March 2003, U.S. forces invaded Iraq vowing to destroy Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and end the dictatorial rule of Saddam Hussein.”https://www.cfr.org/timeline/iraq-warLearn more:https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/middle-east/operation-iraqi-freedom.html

Anniversary of America’s Entry into WWI

April 6, 2021 marks the 103rd Anniversary of the United States' Entry into World War I."Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, formally bringing the United States into World War I, a conflict that had been ongoing for nearly three years. When the war began in 1914—pitting the Allied powers of France, Great […]

160th Anniversary of the Civil War

April 12, 2021 marks the 160th Anniversary of the Start of the Civil War.“At 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor. Less than 34 hours later, Union forces surrendered. Traditionally, this event has been used to mark the beginning of the Civil War.”https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Civil_War_Begins.htmLearn more:https://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-4/

Air Force Reserve Birthday

April 14, 2021 marks the 73rd Birthday of the United States Air Force Reserve.“The Air Force Reserve was created as a separate component on April 14, 1948, when the Army Air Corps Reserve was transferred to the Air Force. The Air Force Reserve lineage dates back over 100 years to when Reserve Airpower was established […]

U.S. Army Reserve Birthday

April 23, 2021 marks the 113th Birthday of the United States Army Reserve."What began in 1908 as a small corps of medical professionals held in readiness for duty is today the Army’s global operational reserve force, with a presence in all 50 states, five U.S. Territories and 20 Time Zones across the globe."https://www.usar.army.mil/ArmyReserveBirthday/

Anniversary of the Mexican-American War

April 25, 2021 marks the 175th Anniversary of the Mexican-American War.Learn more:https://history.state.gov/milestones/1830-1860/texas-annexationhttps://www.history.com/topics/mexican-american-war/mexican-american-war

Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War

April 30, 2021 marks the 46th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War. Learn more: https://www.vvmf.org/ https://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-91/ https://www.usmcu.edu/Research/Marine-Corps-History-Division/Research-Tools-Facts-and-Figures/Chronologies-of-the-Marine-Corps/Vietnam-War-1962-1975/ https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/vietnam-war/vietnam-war0.html https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/United_States_Airforce_in_Vietnam.pdf

Victory in Europe Day

May 8, 2021 marks the 76th Anniversary of the End of World War II in Europe, also known as Victory in Europe Day (or V-E Day).Learn more: https://www.defense.gov/Experience/VE-Day/https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/victory-in-europe

Anniversary of the End of the Civil War

May 9, 2021 marks the 156th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War.Learn more:https://www.battlefields.org/learn/galleries/end-civil-war-detailhttps://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-4/

D-Day

“June 6, 2021 marks the 77th Anniversary of D-Day, when American, British and Canadian forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in the largest land, air and sea operation to every have taken place.” https://www.dday.org/overview/ Learn more: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/topics/d-day https://www.army.mil/d-day/history.html https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/world-war-ii/d-day.html https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/1789416/operation-overlord-d-day/ https://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2014/06/5-facts-you-may-not-know-about-the-coast-guard-at-normandy/

Midway Night

The Midway Night celebration, held annually on June 6, has not yet been announced for 2021. Please check the Battle of Midway Celebration website (link below) for updates as they become available. "For over 16 years, victory at the Battle of Midway has been celebrated on the battle's anniversary with a formal dinner in Washington, […]

Flag Day

"In 1893, the Society of Colonial Dames succeeded in getting a resolution passed to have the flag displayed on all of the city’s public buildings. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin and the president of the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania, that same year tried to get the city to call June 14 […]

U.S. Army Birthday

June 14, 2021 marks the 246th Birthday of the United States Army.Learn more:https://history.army.mil/html/faq/birth.html https://armyhistory.org/army-history-center/ https://www.thenmusa.org/

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

June 23, 2021 marks the 82nd Birthday of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. "When the Coast Guard "Reserve" was authorized by act of Congress on June 23, 1939, the Coast Guard was given a legislative mandate to use civilian volunteers to promote safety on and over the high seas and the nation's navigable waters. […]

Anniversary of the Korean War

June 25, 2021 marks the 71st Anniversary of the Start of the Korean War.“After five years of simmering tensions on the Korean peninsula, the Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when the Northern Korean People’s Army invaded South Korea in a coordinated general attack at several strategic points along the 38th parallel, the line […]

Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift

June 26, 2021 marks the 73rd Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, an allied humanitarian aid response to the Soviet Union’s land and sea blockade of West Germany at the end of WWII, and which led to the organization of NATO.  Learn more: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Inside-DOD/Blog/Article/2062719/the-berlin-airlift-what-it-was-its-importance-in-the-cold-war/ https://www.nato.int/cps/fr/natohq/declassified_156163.htm 

Independence Day

"Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire but now the United States of America."https://www.govinfo.gov/features/independence-dayLearn more:https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/july-04/

U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary

July 29, 2021 marks the 246th Birthday of the United States Army Chaplain Corps."The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army. The Chaplain Corps dates back to 29 July 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized one chaplain for each regiment of the Continental Army, with pay equaling […]

Anniversary of the Gulf War

August 2, 2021 marks the 31st Anniversary of the start of the Gulf War.“When Saddam Hussein invaded his small, oil-rich neighbor in the summer of 1990, the Department faced its first full-scale post-Cold War international crisis. Bush’s foreign policy team forged an unprecedented international coalition consisting of the NATO allies and the Middle Eastern countries […]

U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

August 4, 2021 marks the 231st Birthday of the United States Coast Guard."The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government. Established in 1790, the Coast Guard served as the nation's only armed force on the sea until Congress launched the Navy Department eight years later. Since then, the Coast Guard […]

National Spirit of ’45 Day

Spirit of '45 Day, passed unanimously by the U.S. Congress in 2010, honors America’s “Greatest Generation” and is observed on the second weekend in August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 14, 1945, the day on which President Truman declared the end of WWII.Learn more:http://www.spiritof45.org/home0.aspx

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Birthday

August 29, 2021 marks the 106th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.Learn more:https://www.marineheritage.org/https://www.marforres.marines.mil/https://americangimuseum.org/marine-corps-reserves-birthday/

Anniversary of the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom

August 31, 2021 marks the 11th Anniversary of the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On August 31, 2010, President Barack Obama declared the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Learn more:https://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/military/war-in-iraq.htmlhttps://www.cfr.org/timeline/iraq-war

Anniversary of the End of WWII

September 2, 2021 marks the 76th Anniversary of the End of World War II, also referred to as Victory Over Japan Day, or V-J Day.“On September 2, 1945, formal surrender documents were signed aboard the USS Missouri, designating the day as the official Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day).”https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/topics/75th-anniversary-end-world-war-iiLearn more:https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/photos

20th Anniversary of 9/11

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Terrorist Attack on the U.S. “September 11th is Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day Americans across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and […]

U.S. Air Force Birthday and Air National Guard Birthday

September 18, 2021 marks the 74th Birthday of both the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard."The official birth date of the Air National Guard as a reserve component of the Air Force is September 18, 1947. On this date, the first Secretary of the Air Force was sworn in to office per […]

Anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom

October 7, 2021 marks the 20th Anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom.Learn more: http://www.ndswm.org/ https://www.cfr.org/timeline/us-war-afghanistanhttps://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-led-attack-on-afghanistan-begins

U.S. Navy Birthday

October 13, 2021 marks the 246th Birthday of the United States Navy."A 13 October 1775 resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the United States Navy with 'a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a […]

24th Anniversary of the Military Women’s Memorial

“Dedicated to the more than 3 million women who have served our country since the American Revolution, the Military Women’s Memorial is located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery and is the nation’s only major national memorial to honor all women who have defended the nation—from the Revolution to the present.” https://womensmemorial.org/index.php/about/ 

U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

November 10, 2021 marks the 246th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps.“On 10 November 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Marines. Congress commissioned thirty-one year old Samuel Nicholas, a well-known Philadelphian, as captain of the fledgling force of Continental Marines. From Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Nicholas raised two battalions […]

National Museum of the Marine Corps Birthday

November 10, 2021 marks the 15th Birthday of the National Museum of the Marine Corps."The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design […]

Anniversary of the End of WWI

November 11, 2021 marks the 103rd Anniversary of the End of World War I, Armistice Day.“World War I – known at the time as ‘The Great War’ – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased […]

Centennial Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery

November 11, 2021 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery."The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is Arlington National Cemetery’s most iconic memorial. The neoclassical, white marble sarcophagus stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. Since 1921, it has provided a final resting place for one of America’s […]

National Museum of the U.S. Army Birthday

November 11, 2021 marks the First Anniversary of the Opening of the National Museum of the United States Army.“The National Museum of the United States Army celebrates over 245 years of Army history and honors our nation’s soldiers–past, present and future–the regular Army, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.”https://www.thenmusa.org/Learn more: https://history.army.mil/museums/nmusa.html

Army War College Birthday

November 27, 2021 marks the 120th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Army War College."The US Army War College educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of Landpower." https://www.armywarcollege.edu/overview.cfmLearn more: https://usawc.org/

U.S. National Guard Birthday

December 13, 2021 marks the 385th Birthday of what is now the United States National Guard.“On this date in 1636, the first militia regiments in North America were organized in Massachusetts. Based upon an order of the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s General Court, the colony’s militia was organized into three permanent regiments to better defend the […]

Anniversary of the End of the Iraq War

December 15, 2021 marks the 10th Anniversary of the End of the Iraq War.Learn more: https://www.gwotmemorialfoundation.org/https://www.cfr.org/timeline/iraq-warhttps://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-declares-end-to-iraq-war