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Armed Forces Day Observance

Okay, so we’re a day early for Armed Forces Day, but ATG Stores is never going to miss an opportunity to tip a hat and say “Thank You” to our men and women in uniform. The neat thing about Armed Force Day, besides all the parades and pageantry, is that it gives civilians a chance to honor service members when they’re less likely to see it coming. Armed Forces Day has been billed as a service holiday for so long that it often slips under the mainstream media radar. It’s still pretty big with service members, though. When it was created back in 1949 it was meant to consolidate the branch service holidays into one nationwide military hootenanny of sorts, but of course the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard folks didn’t want to give up their own service-specific celebrations. Who would, right? So, now we get an extra one. And, if you’re the type who sometimes gets all these patriotic holidays confused, here’s a breakdown of the <em>when</em> and <em>why</em> for your convenience: <strong>1. Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturday in May):</strong> As previously stated, it’s a (sometimes) service-oriented celebration of our men and women in uniform. <strong>2. Memorial Day (last Monday in May): </strong>On this day we honor the men and women who have died while serving in our armed forces. <strong>3. Flag Day (June 14th): </strong>The day we celebrate the adoption of the U.S. flag, which occurred in 1777. The Army also celebrates its birthday on this day. <strong>4. Independence Day (July 4th): </strong>A celebration of U.S. independence from Great Britain on July 4th, 1776, and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. <strong>5. Veterans Day (Nov. 11th): </strong>This is the day we <a title="Veteran's Day Thank You" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/to-our-veterans-thank-you/" target="_blank">celebrate all veterans</a>. It is also a day to reflect on the end of World War I and our continued commitment to world peace. <strong>6. Presidents Day (Feb. 18th): </strong>This is a celebration of <a title="Presidents Day Primer" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/presidents-day-primer/" target="_blank">George Washington’s birthday</a>, and since he was a soldier and impressive tactician we’re counting it as a military holiday. As for how it applies to the host of tenderfoot leaders who came after – we’ll leave that up to you. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you find this patriotic holiday guide helpful in sorting out when it’s time to celebrate our nation’s heroes even more than we do every other day.
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