Those who serve in the U.S. armed forces to protect the country, with their “bravery, love of country, and devotion to duty,” are gaining recognition for their service on National Armed Forces Day.
“Our courageous and vigilant Armed Forces safeguard the blessings of liberty for us and for future generations by selflessly answering the call of duty,” President Donald Trump wrote in his White House proclamation.
“Today, and every day, we acknowledge and celebrate all who proudly wear our Nation’s uniforms and the family members who face unique challenges as they tirelessly support them.”
Through service members’ devoted action, “strength and dedication to our country, they protect our freedoms, interests, and way of life at duty stations all around the world.”
Our courageous and vigilant Armed Forces safeguard the blessings of liberty for us and for future generations by selflessly answering the call of duty. Today, and every day, we acknowledge and celebrate all who proudly wear our Nation’s uniforms! https://t.co/w4DNjyPqvw pic.twitter.com/BPXkmobseQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2019
The president praised the “tremendous success” by the U.S. military in gaining victory against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Trump vowed to “advocate for our service members to receive increased support, which they deserve for bearing the burden of defending our freedoms.”
"Today, and every day, we acknowledge and celebrate all who proudly wear our Nation’s uniforms and the family members who face unique challenges as they tirelessly support them."
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 18, 2019
“You stepped forward to protect our families & freedom,” Pence tweeted on his visit with the military members. “You chose to put on the uniform of the greatest all-volunteer military the world has ever seen!”
Great to be at Ft. McCoy in Wisconsin! On behalf of your Commander-in-Chief @POTUS & a grateful nation, THANK YOU! You stepped forward to protect our families & freedom. You chose to put on the uniform of the greatest all-volunteer military the world has ever seen! pic.twitter.com/l5gSfKkmDe
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 16, 2019
To the men & women in our Armed Forces: @POTUS understands that our nation’s security depends on each of you – and that the foundation of American military might are the men and women who wear the uniform of our Armed Forces. THANK YOU! pic.twitter.com/swtlo07aBl
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 17, 2019
Others joined in to show their support for the service members:
During #NationalArmedForcesDay, we thank you for your service!
Today is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces around the world 🌎. Join us in celebrating these exceptional #heroes, and give a shout out to a service member you know! pic.twitter.com/8nPNBefEni
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 18, 2019
— National Guard (@USNationalGuard) May 18, 2019
Today we pay special tribute to the men and women of the armed forces for their patriotic support of our country. pic.twitter.com/z7lN4Rnu91
— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) May 18, 2019
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) May 18, 2019
— Trent Kelly (@RepTrentKelly) May 18, 2019
Serving my country has been the honor of a lifetime. Happy #ArmedForcesDay to all members of the Armed Forces and thank you for your service to America. You are why we have our freedoms. pic.twitter.com/VMlEzF3s3v
— Rep. Michael Waltz (@RepMichaelWaltz) May 18, 2019
Today, on Armed Forces Day, we thank all of our brave men and women who serve in uniform protecting our nation. Thank you for your service – thank you for protecting our freedom. pic.twitter.com/qiMh0jhpsx
— Ted Budd (@buddforcongress) May 18, 2019
In April, Trump followed through with his promise to a World War II veteran by inviting veteran Allen Jones to the White House on his 95th birthday, as IJR Red reported.
“I want to be like you someday,” Trump told Allen, joined by other veterans and their families. “I want to be like all of you guys someday.”
During his time in office, the president has also awarded the Medal of Honor — the highest personal military decoration — to multiple service members, including posthumously to Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins in late March for laying “down his life to save the lives of his fellow warriors,” as IJR Red reported.