Military Observances

Find out the different military observances and the differences between each day.

Armed Forces Day. Observed the third Saturday in May, this day is for all who currently serve and all who have served, both active and former, in the reserves, National Guard or on active duty, including the Coast Guard.  It replaced separate days that honored various branches of the military (Army, Air Force and Navy).

Veterans Day. Celebrated annually on November 11, this day of observance is for all living and deceased who have served in the military.

Memorial Day. Celebrated annually on the last Monday in May, this day of observance is for all who died while serving

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D-Day: 40 Years Ago, Part 1
D-Day: 40 Years Ago, Part 1

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Part 1 of the D-Day: 40 Years Ago special of Carolina Journal. Veterans from both Axis and Allied powers gather to remember their experiences on D-Day, and to honor the fallen.
D-Day: 40 Years Ago, Part 3
D-Day: 40 Years Ago, Part 3

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Part 3 of the D-Day: 40 Years Ago special of Carolina Journal. Veterans from both Axis and Allied powers gather to remember their experiences on D-Day, and to honor the fallen.
Camp Star Trails | 27:Fifty
Camp Star Trails | 27:Fifty

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Pritchard's Island - Nature Reserve | 27:Fifty
Pritchard's Island - Nature Reserve | 27:Fifty

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Pritchard’s Island, which is off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina, is one of hundreds of barrier reef islands scattered along the entire southeastern coast. Pritchard’s Island is only accessible...
Skydiving | 27:Fifty
Skydiving | 27:Fifty

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Brenda Johnson - Local Hero | 27:Fifty
Brenda Johnson - Local Hero | 27:Fifty

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Brenda Johnson, a resident of Houston, Texas, is considered a hero in her own right, by her local community. Like other inner city neighborhoods in Houston, the Fifth Ward has had its problems with...
Andersonville Civil War Prison Camp | 27:Fifty
Andersonville Civil War Prison Camp | 27:Fifty

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U.S.S. Yorktown Veterans Reunion | 27:Fifty
U.S.S. Yorktown Veterans Reunion | 27:Fifty

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The men and women who served aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown before she retired to Patriots Point, in Charleston, South Carolina, come together for a reunion, to share memories of the past, and to honor...