U.S. Navy Reserve Birthday

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March 3, 2024, marks the 109th birthday of the United States Navy Reserve. “Initially founded to ready America for potential involvement in World War I, the Naval Reserve Force was first only open to Navy veterans — within a year, however, general enlistment requirements were constructed, and the public's involvement skyrocketed. By the end of […]

American Battle Monuments Commission’s 101st Birthday

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March 4, 2024, marks the 101st birthday of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). For over 100 years, ABMC has honored the service, achievements, and sacrifices of America’s Armed Forces by serving as the guardian of our nation’s overseas cemeteries and memorials. Throughout 2023, ABMC celebrated its 100th anniversary in national and regional events and […]

143rd Birthday of the Command and General Staff College

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March 7, 2024, marks the 143rd anniversary of the establishment of the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS. “CGSC’s mission is to educate and develop leaders for full-spectrum joint, interagency, and multinational Operations; act as lead agent for the Army’s leader development programs; and advance the art and science of the profession […]

American Legion Birthday

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March 15, 2024, marks the 105th birthday of the American Legion. “The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in […]

163rd Anniversary of the Civil War

April 12, 2024, marks the 163rd 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.” Source: […]

Air Force Reserve Birthday

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April 14, 2024, marks the 76th birthday of the United States Air Force Reserve. “Since President Harry Truman called for the formation of the Air Force Reserve in 1948, it has served as a critical part of the United States’ defense. Operating in various locations across the world, the Air Force Reserve has evolved from […]

U.S. Army Reserve Birthday

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April 23, 2024, marks the 116th birthday of the United States Army Reserve. “In an era of great power competition, the Army needs forces able to compete with adversaries, respond to crises, win in conflict, and prepare for the future. To accomplish this mission, the Army needs a dedicated federal reserve force that is ready […]

Victory in Europe Day

May 8, 2024, marks the 79th anniversary of the End of World War II in Europe, also known as Victory in Europe Day (or V-E Day). Learn more: U.S. Department of Defense: Victory in Europe Day: Time of Celebration, Reflection History: V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain American Battle Monuments Commission: Home Page

Midway Night

The Battle of Midway Celebration Dinner is held every June. The date for 2024, the 82nd anniversary of the decisive Pacific battle, has not yet been announced. Please check the Battle of Midway Celebration website (link below) for updates as they become available. Learn more: Battle of Midway Commemoration

D-Day

June 6, 2024, marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day. “In the early hours of June 6, under the cover of darkness, American and British paratroopers dropped into Normandy from more than 1,200 aircraft. Once daylight appeared, gliders brought in additional paratroopers. American airborne forces of the 82nd and 101st worked valiantly to achieve their inland […]

U.S. Army Birthday

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June 14, 2024, marks the 249th birthday of the United States Army.  Learn more: U.S. Army Center of Military History: June 14th: The Birthday of the U.S. Army The Army Historical Foundation: Army History Center National Museum of the United States Army: Home Page

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. Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

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June 23, 2024, marks the 85th 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, 2024, marks the 74th 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 […]

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.” Source: GovInfo Learn more: Library of Congress: Independence Day

Anniversary of the Gulf War

August 2, 2024, marks the 34th 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 […]

U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

August 4, 2024, marks the 24th birthday of the United States Coast Guard. “The U.S. Coast Guard is one of America’s six armed forces and the only military branch in the Department of Homeland Security. Our missions are vital to national security and global humanitarian initiatives.” Source: United States Coast Guard Learn more: U.S. Department […]

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.  “Join us as we celebrate the Spirit of shared sacrifice, service, […]

Anniversary of the End of WWII

September 2, 2024, marks the 79th 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).” Source: The National WWII Museum […]

23rd Anniversary of 9/11

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. “On the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Americans of all ages and backgrounds are again invited to join and lead community service projects to honor the lives and service of those we lost on September 11.” Source: AmeriCorps Learn […]

U.S. Navy Birthday

October 13, 2024, marks the 249th 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 dispatch, for […]

U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

November 10, 2024, marks the 249th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. “On Nov. 10, 1775, the Continental Congress resolution calling for “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces for the fleet, would give birth to the Continental Marines. Since then, “the Few” and “the Proud” have answered our nation’s […]

Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery

November 11, 2023 marks the 102nd 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 […]

Anniversary of the End of WWI

November 11, 2024, marks the 106th 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 […]

Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery

November 11, 2024, marks the 103rd 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 […]

Army War College Birthday

November 27, 2024, marks the 123rd anniversary of the establishment of the Army War College. “The U.S. Army War College educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of Landpower.” Source: U.S. Army Learn more: U.S. Army War College: Home Page

U.S. National Guard Birthday

December 13, 2024, marks the 388th 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 […]

U.S. Space Force Birthday

December 20, 2024, marks the 5th birthday of the United States Space Force. “On December 20, 2019, the United States Space Force (USSF) became the sixth branch of the Armed Forces. The Space Force was established within the Department of the Air Force (DAF) with the enactment of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).” […]