FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Odell Reminds All to Thank Military Servicemen and Women on Armed Forces Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001
Odell Reminds All to Thank Military Servicemen and Women on Armed Forces Day

Although the two holidays are observed within the same month, Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May (this year it falls on May 18) is separate and apart from Memorial Day when those who have died in service to their country are honored. Armed Forces Day, which was announced on August 31, 1949 by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson, and first observed on May 20, 1950, was created to thank those presently in the military for their patriotic service. It was established as an official holiday by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. 

“We don’t have an active duty military contingent here in Putnam,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Too often we pay more attention to Memorial Day and overlook the opportunity to thank those presently serving in the military on their day of honor, Armed Forces Day,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

Residents may wish to honor family members presently on active duty by participating in Putnam County’s Row of Honor and sponsoring an American made flag which will be flown on the shores of Lake Gleneida in downtown Carmel from May 24 through June 12, 2013.

To reserve a flag, contact Mim and the Office of Veterans Affairs at (845) 808-1620 or send an e-mail to: rowofhonor@putnamcountyny.gov.