Searching For Loch Ness Or Armed Forces Day On The Willamette?
Yesterday was a busy day on the Willametter River with the usual fishing boats that line up in the wee hours of the morning, the power boats, and kayakers. For the first time though, I noticed two boats going by full of uniformed military.
Not knowing what this was, I quickly grabbed my camera and posted my picture on Facebook. Of course I got the usual clever comments, like "they finally found you" and perhaps they're searching for Lock Ness", but then a past neighbor let me know that it was Armed Forces Day. Huh, how come I didn't know about this? I did a quick search on the website of my local news and nothing.
Although the fisherman/women have issues with the sea lions that I see swimming around occasionally, I'm gonna go with the military boats being out on the Willamette River for Armed Forces Day...not a search for Loch Ness. From the US Department of Defense website about Armed Forces Day, May 17th 2014
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.
So, to all our armed forces, I thank you for what you do to serve our country!