May 22nd National Maritime Day

May 22nd National Maritime Day

Most countries economic development originated with the ships, and the men and women who sailed them, to grow. When there were no airplanes the only way to build trade with other countries was by what could be shipped out, and shipped in. With the world connected by merchant ships, there needed to be a strong navy to protect them. In World War 2 the allied countries were held together by their ability to ship war materials, and food, to those countries under siege. 250,000 Merchant Marines served during World War 2 with 6,700 (At least) perishing to get those needed supplies through. Today was created by the US Congress in 1933.

How to celebrate – Learn more about the foundations of our economy. Thank any sailors you see. Learn more about the maritime services.

May 16th Armed Forces Day

Always celebrated on the 3rd Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day is a day to honor those that serve to protect us and so that the public can get to know how those services operate. Most armed services provide a public viewing of the history of the service’s history at bases set up for the day. Today was set up by a Presidential Proclamation under Harry Truman on Feb 20th, 1950 and was first officially observed on May 20th, 1950. American armed forces include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines (A part of the navy) and the Coast Guard. These men and women are due our respect and should be honored for their service.

How to celebrate – Visit an open base for Armed Forces Day. Thank a soldier for what they do. Read about what all the branches do to keep us safe.

November 10th USMC Day

Today we celebrate the birth of the Marine Corp on November 10th, 1775. Back then they were called the Continental Marines, their main duty – keep the enemy from boarding the and capturing the small Continental Navy ships. Over the years, Congress has tried desperately to get rid of the Marines, until they realized that they were the reason we were winning wars. Their numbers have always been kept low and their training among the best in the world. They are generally the first to land during any conflict, and the last to defend even when all hope is gone. We owe a lot to the Marine Corp. The few, the proud, the Marines. Semper Fi.

How to celebrate – Thank any Marine you see for their service. Study the conflicts the Marines have been involved in. Visit the National Marine Museum in Virginia.

October 27th Navy Day

October 13th Congress created the US Navy in 1775. It wasn’t much of a navy, but at least we had one. October 27th is Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday, he realized that a powerful navy was what would make America a world power instead of a struggling nation. Navy Day was created in 1922 by The Navy League, they chose Roosevelt’s birthday because in many ways, it ways Roosevelt created the idea of a navy as we have today, pretty much unchallenged as one of the top of the world. Not only does the navy protect our shores, it allows America to reach out and assist other countries, and defend them when required. Sometimes a show of power actually creates peace. Today the air forces may hold the power but it often a power that goes unseen. When the navy arrives, everyone knows it.

How to celebrate – Learn more about the Navy. Visit a port where Naval craft are stationed. Visit a Naval museum.

August 4th National U.S. Coast Guard Day

August 4th National U.S. Coast Guard Day

Today, in 1790, Congress created the Revenue Cutter Service designed to collect tariffs for the government. At first ten ships were ordered and expected to collect tariffs all along the seaboard. As the years continued the Service became the Coast Guard, in 1915, with the duty of protecting the shoreline of America from enemies, both domestic and foreign. Their duties now include rescue and aide to any in need. Though they are often forgotten as a branch of the military, they are equal too.

How to celebrate – Visit a Coast Guard base, make sure it’s open to the public. Thank any Coast Guard service personal you see for their service. Read about the history of the Coast Guard.

April 11th National Submarine Day

April 11th National Submarine Day

Now, before you get all excited and run out to Subway it’s not about sandwiches. Today we celebrate that marine vehicle that changed warfare forever. In recent years we have learned how to use it peaceful but originally, its only use was in war. The German U-boats came into use during World War 1 and changed the world forever. The Americans used submarines during the Revolution albeit not real successfully. The U.S. Submarine service was begun in 1900. Today it is a vital part of our national security. Over the years the submarine has gone from a one- person operation to the subs of today that require upwards of 160. They are still cramped, but they are getting better and better with time.

How to celebrate – Visit one of the many submarine museums. Study the history of the submarine. Learn about how the submarine has evolved.

November 10th USMC Day

Today is the birthday of the United States Marines. Congress authorized the Marines in 1775 to serve on board the ships of the also newly formed U.S. Navy. They were the Continental Marines and served as the naval land forces, boarding parties and sharpshooters on board ships.

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Since then, the Marines have served in every war the United States has been involved in. And that is probably a lot more than you are aware of. They have always been the few and the proud and have every reason for their pride. They are generally the first to arrive and in some cases, the last to leave any conflict.

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They have served at home and across the world aboard ships. They have protected the interests of the United States, it’s government and it’s people. It really does take nerves of steel to serve as a Marine. They more often than not are what stands between us and destruction.

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Their motto is, “Semper Fidelis” which means “Always Faithful” or “Always Loyal”.  While most of the rest of the world is still trying to figure out what to do, the Marines are getting it done. My Uncle served in the Marine Corp starting out as a private end ending up a General. There are few services where that can happen.

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They willingly go where no one else wants to go, do the jobs that no one else can do and never ask why. “Hurrah!” for the Marines.

How to celebrate – Thank a Marine for what they do. Read about the history of the Marine Corp. Look up how many wars the United States has actually been in.

May 28th Memorial Day

May 28th Memorial Day

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Today we remember those who have perished in the defense of our country during their military service. It is the supreme sacrifice in order that others may live free, not something we should take lightly.

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The day came after the Civil War, first known as Decoration Day when Southern families remembered their dead by placing flowers and other decoration on the graves. Since 1971 it has been known better as Memorial Day.

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How to celebrate – Remember the fallen who fell for you. Visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Honor those who still serve in the military.

November 19th USMC Day

The Few, the Proud, the Marines. They have been heroes for America since America began. Today is their birthday, November 10th, 1775.

The Marines began service during the American Revolution. There purpose was to give the tiny American Navy a group of men that could fight either on land or water, but mainly to serve as an arm of the Navy.

Since then, they have served in every American conflict… both known and unknown. They are generally the first to fight and have branched out to be a somewhat independent force, though they are still recognized as a part of the Navy.

They fought in the Civil War and in World War 1 with distinction, often fielding only a few troops but with massive effect. They have truly been America’s heroes though rarely getting the credit for their service.

They probably reached their zenith during World War 2 where they fought the Japanese with little support from anyone but the Navy. They were the first to be landed, form a beachhead and move inland before turning the occupation over to the Army and moving on to the next island.

Today the Marines continue to protect us from any threat, still the first to arrive and still a vital part of our countries defense. Semper Fi, always faithful.

How to celebrate – Thank any Marine you see. Study the service the marines have provided over the years. Send support to those Marines serving all over the world.

October 27th Navy Day

Today is Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday! Now you may ask, what does that have to do with the navy? Well, until Teddy Roosevelt helped build up the image of the navy it really wasn’t thought that highly of.

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You may remember the Great White Fleet. (Or you may not) It was Roosevelt’s idea to send a powerful American navy around the world to show both that power and the fact that the world wasn’t so big that we could just ignore each other. The reason for white was simply that most ships in Roosevelt’s era were painted white.

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Now heroes such as John Paul Jones had already proven that a navy was critical to America’s future. That said, it took months news of victories at sea  to reach the land, in some cases wars were already decided by the news of a victory could be reported. So while the navy kept the enemy from our shores it wasn’t as visible as a land battle.

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Today, the most elite military force, the Navy Seals, changes our image of the navy a little bit, or a lot. There is no doubt that the navy stands as our primary source of protection. This is not down playing the air force or army and, of course, the Marines are a part of the navy. It is just that unless it is on our own land that the crisis is taking place, even the army and air force require the navy to get them where they are needed.

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The navies real birth date is October 13th, 1775. But if not for Teddy Roosevelt, perhaps no one would care.

How to celebrate –  Thank a service person for their sacrifices. Visit a Naval History museum.  Play the game battleship.