On Armed Forces Day, 20 Support Our Troops flag display volunteers placed 180 American flags on the median of Ed Robson Blvd all the way to the Robson Ranch Clubhouse. The display honored not just the 75 relatives of Robson Ranch residents serving in the military but also all members of every military branch currently serving. The significance of Armed Forces Day was aptly summed up in a May 1952 article in the New York Times, “This is the day which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces…to all the individuals who are in the service of their country all over the world. Armed Forces Day won’t be a matter of parades and receptions for a good many of them. They will all be in the line of duty and some of them may give their lives in that duty.”
The SOT flag display team is composed of Robson Ranch residents who volunteer to assist in the placement and recovery of the flags on designated flag display holidays throughout the year. Any Robson resident who would like more information about this volunteer opportunity can find out all the details by contacting SOT president Mike Hoernemann.
Facts about Armed Forces Day: Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson created Armed Forces Day on August 31, 1949. Armed Forces Day 2016 marks the 66th celebration of our men and women serving in the military. There are currently 1.8 million men and women actively serving in our Armed Forces.