The Third Saturday in May

Saturday is Armed Forces Day, a day first set aside to honor those serving in all branches of the armed services in 1949. “It is our most earnest hope that those who are in positions of peril, that those who have made exceptional sacrifices, yes, and those who are afflicted with plain drudgery and boredom, may somehow know that we hold them in exceptional esteem. Perhaps if we are a little more concious of our debt of honored affection they may be a little more aware of how much we think of them.” (New York Times, May 17, 1952) Today there are many in harm’s way, and you can learn about them at the library. Tommy Franks, a career soldier, wrote American Soldier. The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell‘s author thought he was just getting a college education out of the National Guard. See No Evil is about intelligence officers, Blackwater: the Rise of the Most Powerful Mercenary Army is about soldiers for hire. Tell Them I Didn’t Cry was written by a young, female, embedded journalist. Set aside some time this summer to read a story of modern military life.

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