Friday, May 16, 2014

SURNAME SATURDAY - Armed Forces Day May 17, 2014

                                 Celebrating Armed Forces Day

Just a little history: 
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.

The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. First Observed on 20 May 1950, the day created on 31 August 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five US military branches - US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force and US Coast Guard. - following the consolidation of the military services in the US Department of Defense. 

In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. If falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May. 

This is a tribute to one of those soldiers serving in World War II                MY MOTHER - Mary Jane LITTLE
Thank You Mary Jane LITTLE (my mother)
She graduated from Buffalo General Hospital, New York in 1941

                                            was assigned as a 2nd Lt in the Army Nursing Corp
Her first assignment was to Ft George Meade MD, Maryland with temporary duty as Reserve Nurse at the Station Hospital.... 

Promoted to a 1st Lt still in the Army Nurse Corp, 23rd General Hospital, assigned to the European Theater (Africa, France, Italy). She honorably served in active Federal Service in the Army of the United States from 25 September 1942 to 10 December 1945. 

                                                         Thank you for your service 

When the Women's Memorial Opened at Arlington Cemetery, my dad registered my mom. But it looks like it really needs quite a bit of updating.........  it is on my TO-DO LIST

1 comment:

  1. If there are bloggers out there that can give me a little help I would appreciate it. Where the words are white with grey background, they actually had a full block of white over them, You know there is writing behind it but could not read it. Where did these blocks of white come from? Never had this before. And not all were blocked out with white. All formating was gone, not copied & pasted, straight free hand writing.