National Armed Forces Day – May 19

May is National Military Appreciation month, which was designated by Congress in 1999 “to ensure the nation was given the chance to publicly show their appreciation for troops past and present.” Armed Forces Day, created in 1949, is an annual event held on the third Saturday in May, with activities at U.S. military bases around the world. This year’s celebration occurs May 19.

In 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. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

As ASCLA prepares to merge with the Federal and Armed Forces Round Table (FAFLRT) in September, we’re taking a moment to recognize Armed Forces librarians at the forefront of providing essential support to our nation’s military and for service members that are preparing to become librarians. Read more in in “Women key to Edwards AFB Technical Library Development,” and “Recruiting and preparing military veterans for careers in librarianship,” (Federal Librarian Newsletter, 2018).

Additionally, petitions to form two new Interest Groups are now active, in preparation for new members when FAFLRT and ASCLA merge to form the Association of Specialized, Government, and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) in September, 2018. You must log in to view and sign the petitions:

Federal Libraries Interest Group

Armed Forces Libraries Interest Group

More information on these interest groups can be found here.

By ASCLA

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