MOORE — Armed Forces Day was first observed May 20, 1950, to honor Americans serving in the five military branches: U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard.
The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, receptions, air shows and open houses.
The longest running city-sponsored Armed Forces Day parade is held in Bremerton, Wash. This year marks the 66th year for the celebration.
One of the great things about all five branches of military is that each has their own song.
Caisson Song (1908)
“Over hill, over dale we will hit the dusty trail
As the caissons go rolling along.
Up and down in and out, countermatch and right about,
And the caissons go rolling along.”
Anchors Aweigh (1906)
“Stand Navy out to sea, Fight our Battle Cry;
We’ll never change our course, So Army you steer shy-y-y-y.
Roll out the TNT, Anchors Aweigh.
Sail on to Victory and sink their bones to Davy Jones, Hooray!
Anchors Away, my boys, Anchors Aweigh. Farewell to college joys,
We sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay. Through our last night on shore, Drink to the foam, Until we meet once more. Here’s wishing you a happy voyage home.”
From The Halls of Montezuma (revised in 1942)
From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We will fight our country’s battles
On the land and on the sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.”
“From North and South, East and West
The Coast Guard’s in the fight.
Destroying subs and landing troops
The Axis feels our might
For we’re the first invaders