Armed Forces Day

Today, the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) salutes all of our Veterans and Active-Duty military, from each one of the six services: the Army, the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the newly created Space Force. Every person who is a Veteran or an Active-Duty Military Member is a hero, and our state and our country thank you. Your exceptional service, on this Armed Forces Day, is worthy of our everlasting respect.

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

Today, there are many Armed Forces Week events around the globe, but sources report the “longest continuously running Armed Forces Day Parade” for Americans is held in Bremerton, Washington. This year, Bremerton will mark the 75th straight year of its Armed Forces Day Parade. In 2020, they postponed the parade from its traditional date, but still managed to hold it.

The Grand Marshall for this year’s parade is Vice Admiral Johnny R. Wolfe, a Texas native from Somerset, in the San Antonio area. VADM Wolfe graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy, and he became a missile defense engineer. He has served in various capacities in the nuclear missile field and is currently the Director of Strategic Systems Programs in Sunnyvale, California.

The VLB salutes all six of our Armed Forces, and all of our Active-Duty Military Members and Veterans. Thank you, from the bottom of our Texas-sized hearts.

The VLB is happy to provide any needed help for these American heroes. The mission for the VLB is “to ensure that we offer the very best package of Veterans benefits in the country and those of us who work for the VLB strive to meet those goals every day. For more than 70 years, we have had the honor to serve Veterans, Military Members and their families in Texas, and we look forward to keeping that promise in the years to come.” Call 1–800–252–8387, email, or visit to see the different benefits available.

If you are a Veteran, thank you for your service. Click Here to Sign Up to stay informed on your benefits with the Texas Veterans Land Board.



A blog for the Texas Veterans Land Board that provides in-depth information on benefits, programs and resources for Veterans, military members and their families in Texas.

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