Request the President and Congress elevate Armed Forces Day to a Federal Holiday.
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Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. This year it will be celebrated on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. President Truman led the effort to establish a holiday in order for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America. This is the ONLY day that celebrates active duty military members serving throughout the world as well as military members who also sacrifice for our nation.
I propose that Armed Forces Day be moved to the second Friday and become a Federal Holiday. I further propose that the day be celebrated with a military parade, like the one suggested by President Trump, in the nation's capitol.
There have been suggestions that the cost is prohibitive, but this is actually an excellent training exercise for military units in deployment and maintenance. Much of the cost would be absorbed by individual unit training exercise budgets. Deploying military equipment to participate in a parade is no different than exercises to deploy units anywhere in the world.
Claims have been made that the DC infrastructure can't handle the parade. This is a false claim. Outfitting tank tracks with rubber blocks will cause no damage. The military performs this task for local parades throughout the country. A national parade would be no different. Our professional Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen can handle the task.
Some have suggested that equipment participating in a parade are assets not used for training. As I have previously stated, this is not the case. The logistics involved in coordinating and executing the parade would be an excellent joint services training exercise. And since Armed Forces Day would become a Federal Holiday, there would be no impact on the DC and federal workforce.
This is a chance for the American people to honor their military, who labor tirelessly for them 24x7. The units participating in the parade could include those who are receiving the Presidential Unit Citation. The President could award the citation to their unit commander, making participation a special honor for the units. The parade could conclude with the President awarding, on live television, individual awards of the Silver Star and higher. The American people can finally hear the words, "Attention to orders" and understand the amazing tales of sacrifice that follow.
I urge Congressional Leaders and the Civilian Command Authority to support our Armed Forces in this regard and end the cacophony of nay sayers who hold our military in such low regard.
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