To The Daily Sun,
Armed Forces Day is this Saturday, May 17, and giving thanks and an opportunity support to those men and women in our armed forces who are deployed all over the globe.
Back in the good old days (1960s and 70s) there were always open houses on all military bases and post at least in the continental United States. There were aerial demonstrations by the navy's Blue Angels and the Air Forces Thunderbirds. Static displays were available for all to see and tour. Naval ships were also open to the public. We really were proud of our military.
Presently, with the base closures and realignments and security issues, Armed Forces Day has become just another day. There really aren't any active military bases in New Hampshire where these displays used to occur. Still, we must take the time to recognize and thank our armed forces for the freedoms that their service provides to the other 99 percent.
God bless and protect them all.