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Happy U.S. Armed Forces Day!

On U.S. Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 16 May 2020, the KDVA Board of Directors join me in extending great appreciation to every member of America’s front line and multi-domain defense team who protect, serve, and preserve the American way of life at home and around the world.

The Korea Defense Veterans Association is proud to advocate for and support the men and women who fought for and continue to defend the irreplaceable ROK-U.S. Alliance. KDVA sincerely thanks our troops for their service to the ROK-U.S. Alliance and thanks our veterans who helped build our strong armed forces. Especially during this year’s 70th commemoration of the start of the Korean War on June 25, 1950, the people of South Korea are thankful and have supported your vital mission to help defend them and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula.

It is your excellence and sacrifices that will continue to keep the ROK-U.S. Alliance a true “Alliance for the Ages.”

General (Ret.) Walter Sharp

President and Chairman, KDVA

Background:

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.