Armed Forces Day approaches

By Kathy Magoto

May 15, 2014

This Saturday, the United States will observe Armed Forces Day, a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. The holiday was created to replace separate military branch days. The event stemmed from the armed forces’ unification under the Department of Defense.

The Army, Air Force and Navy Leagues adopted the newly formed holiday, but the Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day (Nov. 10) but supports Armed Forces Day too. The first Armed Forces day was celebrated in 1950 and has been celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May ever since.

The Armed Forces encompasses all five United States armed service branches who work together during operations and joint missions, under the Unified Combatant Commands. The Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines are under the authority of the Secretary of Defense, while the Coast Guard falls under the administration of the Department of Homeland Security and receives its operational orders from the Secretary of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard may be transferred to the Department of the Navy by the President or Congress during a time of war. The President of the United States is the Commander in Chief and is responsible for all final decisions.

There are two more uniformed services included among the U.S. Armed Forces, which are the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officers Corps.

Each branch of the military has a unique mission within the overall mission of U.S. security and peace; together they cover land, sea, air and space. The U.S. operates in over 100 countries, including the U.K., Germany, Italy, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Japan.

The U.S. military is one of the largest populated militaries, drawing its manpower from a large pool of paid volunteers, and drafts when necessary. As of 2013, the U.S. spent about $554.2 billion annually to fund its military forces. Armed Forces day has served to educate civilians and increase their awareness of the U.S. military’s commitment to protect and serve us.

Congratulations to Deb and Harold Pohl, who are this year’s honorary Poultry Days parade marshals.

Upcoming Events: This Saturday, the Lady Tigers will be holding a car wash and bake sale from 8 a.m. - noon at the old high school. Monday, there is a Community Blood Drive at the Versailles K of C Hall from 12:30 - 7:30 pm. Appointments are recommended for your convenience by contacting calling 1-800-388-4483 or visit the web at DonorTime.com.

Mark your calendar for the Encore! Spring Showcase on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at the Versailles High School. There is a modest $4 admission for adults and $1 for students.

Happy birthday wishes to Roberta Archey, Erick Grow, Kayle Griffin, Julie Stover, Scott Ward, Janet Headley, Stephanie Fullenkamp, Don Walter, Janet Monnin, Stewart Baker, Tammy Collins, Ralph Gigandet, Karen Doseck, Julie Heuing, Jenni Bohman, Ed Petty, Angie Lachat, Carolyn Waymire, Tina Cordonnier, Kevin Subler and Nate Cordonnier. Happy Anniversary to Amy and Rob Carman, Kelly and Dan Knight (25), Joan and Greg Richters (27), Cindy and Conrad Hoelscher, Jenni and Bob Paulus, Janet and Larry Monnin (52) and Lurene and Jerry Monnin (60).

Hello to Ray Strunks, Jean Grieshop, Judi Stauffer and Doris Goettemoeller.

Healing prayers and get well wishes to Tammy Drees, Shirley Strunk, Marlene Zumberger, Peg Bundy, Carol Larger, Rusty Whittaker, Brain Voisard, Samantha Smith, Lauren Harman and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.

My sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Tillie Simon, Virginia Rindler and Stanley Wuebker, also remembering the lives of Richard Singer, Chester Steed, Bob Bigham, Harold Stuck, Dottie Monnier, Cecilia Barhorst, Lou Heffner, Hilda Larger, Helen Goodall, Dwight Puthoff, Katherine McClurg, Kyle Magoto, Nathan Saintignon, Cory Turner, Luther Wooten, Margaret Gephrey, Marcella Dunkel, Freda Cordonnier, Eileen Batty, Margaret Paulus, Mildred Selander, Bertha Beyke, Wilma Pour, Clarence Schlater, Doug Condon, Donald Liest, Dorothy Mills, Karen Gehret, Bruce Bensman, Beatrice Floyd and Ralph Mumaw as the anniversary of their passing nears.

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.” ~President Dwight D Eisenhower

Live for something rather than die for nothing.” ~General George S. Patton

If you’re ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. ~”Unknown

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at magmon1@embarqmail.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.