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

National Guard Birthday Celebrated December 13, honors all citizen-soldiers who have civilian jobs but are available to provide support and protection for the states’ civilians. They may be called for military operations at a national level.

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U.S.S. North Carolina
Episode 5

Video

Roger Miller is the assistant director at the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Memorial. Miller briefly discusses one of the exhibits on display at the battleship: one of the ship’s spare “screws”, or...
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The H.L. Hunley submarine made history during the American Civil War when she became the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in combat. In February 1864, the Hunley , under command of Lieutenant...
U.S.S. Yorktown Veterans Reunion | 27:Fifty (1992)
Episode 4

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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...
Andersonville Civil War Prison Camp | 27:Fifty (1992)
Episode 3

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One particularly grim location which is tied to the American Civil War is the Andersonville prison camp, in Georgia. Between February 1864 to April 1865, Andersonville was a Confederate prison camp...
Vicksburg | 27:Fifty (1992)
Episode 1

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Host Rich Panter gives a brief tour of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Vicksburg was the site of a siege during the American Civil War. The siege resulted in a crucial Union victory; splitting the Confederacy...
Hunley | Sandlapper Online
Hunley | Sandlapper Online

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WWI Photo Gallery | History in a Nutshell
WWI Photo Gallery | History in a Nutshell
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This photo gallery contains the following visuals: Map of Europe, 1914. Triple Entente Countries In Blue; Triple Alliance/Central Powers Countries In Red The Zimmerman Telegram The Evening World...
World War I | History In A Nutshell
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A brief video on World War I: how the war started, the U.S.' involvement, fighting the war, and the aftermath, with the Treaty of Versailles. *Important Note: Italy was originally a member of the...