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How to Celebrate Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May to honor U.S. servicemen and women.


  • Step 1: Send a letter Put a smile on a soldiers face by sending them an E-card. Go to to get started.
  • Step 2: Send a care package Show your support by sponsoring a care package to the troops. Many websites offer care package services if you don't have a specific soldier in mind.
  • TIP: Popular care package items include toiletries, phone cards, and sunscreen.
  • Step 3: Donate blood Donate blood to the soldiers by contacting the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-BLOOD.
  • Step 4: Look for a parade Check your local newspaper for a parade in your area honoring soldiers for Armed Forces Day.
  • Step 5: Display a flag Show your patriotism by proudly flying an Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or American flag.
  • TIP: Online stores have a large selection of military flags and flagpoles.
  • Step 6: Educate your children Educate your children about the history of the armed forces. Let them know what the day means to you.
  • Step 7: Volunteer Take the time to reflect on those who are serving our country. Find out how you can volunteer by visiting "": Have a happy Armed Forces Day!
  • FACT: The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on May 20, 1950.

You Will Need

  • E-card
  • Care package
  • Parade
  • Flag

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