Armed Forces Day falls annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a time to honor Americans in uniform who served their country in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. National Guard and Reserve units are also included.
The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated Saturday, May 20, 1950. In 1999, Senator John McCain introduced legislation to designate the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). Both the Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. service members during NMAM.