In 1950 United States President Harry Truman issued a proclamation:

Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.”

  • B-36 bombers flew over the capitals of every state
  • 10,000 troops and veterans marched in Washington, DC.
  • More than 36,000 participated in a parade in New York City
  • Parades and air shows were held across the country