On June 12, 1948, President Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, acknowledging the great contributions that women had made in the military and permitting women to serve as full members of the U.S. armed forces. Thank you to all who have served.
Today we honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Today, on Armed Forces Day, we honor the men and women who are currently serving and those who have served and sacrificed to defend our freedom.
In a speech announcing the creation of the day on August 31, 1949, President Harry S. Truman “praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas.” He said, “It is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace.”