MGA Observes Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day

Armed Forces Day is a special holiday for people all over the world to come together and thank the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. First conceived by President Harry S. Truman, the holiday was established in 1949. The creation of a single day celebration for all five branches of the United States military made sense due to its recent unification under the Department of Defense. Today, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of every May.

This year, Armed Forces Day is Saturday, May 18, 2019.  Middle Georgia State University will pay tribute by observing Armed Forces Day by simply thanking a uniformed service member, you may encounter, for his/her service. 

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades

Middle Georgia State University will observe Memorial Day by asking all faculty and staff to pause in a moment of remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time. Take one minute to quietly reflect on those who died while serving in the military. By doing so, our faculty and staff will be joining millions of Americans in national unity to honor Memorial Day for what it truly is — a day for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Finally, all campuses are asked to fly the American flag at half-staff until noon, then raise it to full mast for the rest of the day. The practice of lowering and then raising the flag has been observed for over 100 years to symbolize America’s persistence in the face of loss.  For faculty and staff who fly the flag at home, you are invited to do the same and send any photos to Veteran and Military Services at for social media distribution.

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