Armed Forces Day 2009

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Dwight D Eisenhower Statue on the shipArmed Forces Day was started in 1949, it is a day that we in the United States set aside to celebrate the men and women in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

It is set aside to be celebrated the 3rd Saturday in May.


Armed Forces Day was a result of combing all of our branches of the military into The Department of Defense. For many years it was celebrated with parades, receptions and Air Shows.


Have you noticed it is not celebrated as much today?


Our men and woman can be called up anytime to put their lives on the line for us to maintain our freedom.Even now they are protecting us around the world. Some are fighting on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, some are in the air. 








2009 Armed Forces Poster

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen who have answered the call to service deserve recognition and gratitude. They have endured the most difficult of conditions to protect America and her highest ideals. Today, I ask all Americans to know their sacrifice and join me in humble thanks.


Finally, I call upon all Americans to display the flag of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day and urge citizens to learn more about military service by attending and participating in the local observances of the day. I also encourage Americans to volunteer at organizations that provide support to our troops.


Here is the link where you can read the entire Armed Forces Day Proclamation by President Obama.


The poster is the official poster for Armed Forces Day, May 16th, 2009. It is free to download courtesy of the Department of Defense.









On a personal note, our Ombudman, Christine for the Sailors on the Dwight D. Eisenhower sent this out last week. It is unclassified, but I stll asked her if I could but on my blog, as didn't want to do anything to endanger our guys. She said, "Yes, it is not classified." She has done a fabulous job of sending emails almost daily.

I thought it is important to get a glimpse of what the Navy is doing.

IKE is on station about 100 or so nautical miles off the coast of Pakistan with USS Vicksburg nearby riding shotgun.

Carrier Air Wing Seven continues to provide Close Air Support to US and coalition troops on the ground in Afghanistan.  Over the past several days Air Wing Seven has flown more than 50 missions in the skies over Afghanistan, performing numerous shows of force and dropping over a dozen flares to let those on the ground know that we are safely guarding the skies above them.

The Taliban has been making headlines not only in Afghanistan, but also in Pakistan. Taliban forces have slowly managed to take over portions of Northern Pakistan in an effort to destabilize an area of the country that is vital to coalition efforts along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.  As in Afghanistan, the Taliban’s goal is to take control and establish their own version of government, a government that would reinterpret the law and religious teachings, and oppress their own people.   In the past week, the Pakistani Army has started to successfully push back and capture Taliban forces, which is preventing them from over-running the northern territories.  IKE Strike Group relies on a safe and stable Pakistan, as our Air Wing planes must transit through Pakistani airspace on every OEF mission.  We also rely on close cooperation with Pakistan for maritime security here in the Northern Arabian Sea, as they are one of our coalition partners belonging to Combined Task Force 152, which is tasked with maritime security operations in the Central Arabian Gulf.  USS HALYBURTON Is currently scheduled to conduct a port call in Karachi, Pakistan here in the next several days, to reinforce maritime cooperation. 

Since our last update, there were at least FOUR pirate attacks and ONE hijacking in the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean.  Interestingly, just off the coast of Somalia, armed pirates even attempted to attack the USNS LEWIS AND CLARK, one of our Navy’s supply vessels.  They fired at least one RPG at the vessel but missed.  LEWIS AND CLARK easily outmaneuvered the pirates and managed to successfully evade capture. In another similar incident involving a Greek merchant, the vessel also outmaneuvered the pirate skiff, with its large wake capsizing the small boat, forcing the pirates to be picked up and captured by coalition naval units.  IKE Strike Goup’s presence in this area continues to be vital to keeping the sea lanes free and open, but these two incidents also show that in some cases, pirates can be defeated by simple evasive maneuvers and greater crew awareness of their surroundings. 


Photo taken when we toured the IKEI miss you and love you Matthew, you are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers. I am so proud of you. 



Take a moment to honor our men and woman in ALL branches of the military today on Armed Forces Day.

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Debra Cernick
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Missy- Thank you for the wonderful post. We all get busy living our lives here in the great ole USA and forget why we are able to do that. I will take the time today to honor our men and women.

May 16, 2009 01:58 AM #1
Alice Linahan
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What a great post, and thank you for reminding us to take the time to pray for and thank our Armed Forces. I just reblogged to help remind others of Armed Forces Day!!

Blessings abound!


May 16, 2009 02:48 AM #2
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Missy, thanks for this especially the personal letter. Those pirates are idiots for trying to attack a supply ship. Stupidity reigns with some on the high seas. Hadn't heard of the date of Armed Forces day as it doesn't get much press.

May 16, 2009 03:34 AM #3
Chris and Maria Jeantet
Coldwell Banker C&C Properties - Redding, CA
Redding CA Real Estate Couple

Awesome post Missy! I agree, very few people take the time to remember, it's kind of sad actually...what's happening?


May 16, 2009 03:37 AM #4
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Arm Forces day, when I was kid was a really big deal. I remember going to an airfield and seeing the planes at the airbase as well as the cemeteries to make the graves of our fallen heroes. There is an unmistakeable pride that is not being set as the example today.I suppose our parents thought similar things in their generation. But the pride of this country seems to be waning. I hope people wake up before it is too late.

May 16, 2009 04:26 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Missy...great post and reminder. What woulld we do without our Armed Forces...?

May 16, 2009 08:21 AM #6
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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I did not even know that we have this day. Never heard about it. How sad.

Thanks for educating me.

May 16, 2009 03:55 PM #7
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
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Missy... thank you very much for this reminder. I wrote about this about 2 years ago... and I just plum forgot. And I agree, it becomes more distant each and every year.

jeff belonger

May 16, 2009 04:49 PM #8
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
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Missy- Thanks for the reminder. I have some cards to send oversees!

May 17, 2009 12:31 AM #9
Katerina Gasset
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Missy- I did not even know about this special day and I am sorry that I found out now, late. I am putting this on my calendar for next year and every year thereafter.

May 17, 2009 05:34 PM #10
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