Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.
Many events across the United States take place on Armed Forces Day to honor Americans in uniform who served their country in times of war and peace. Those who are honored on this day include people who serve the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May because of their unique training schedules. Events and activities may include:
- Multi-service military displays in areas open for the public.
- Various educational activities that teach children about the armed forces.
- “Support the Troops” themed motorcycle rides.
- Large parades and other local celebrations.
FYI: There is a free escorted Support the Troops motorcycle ride on Saturday, May 19, which begins at Hal’s Harley-Davidson (1925 S. Moorland Rd., New Berlin).
Time: 9 a.m, staging 10:30 a.m, ride leaves about 11 a.m.
All bikes are welcome.
Come early and enjoy a free pancake breakfast at Hal’s from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (or until it lasts).
Donations are appreciated—with 100% of the money received going to Battle Cross LTD., a non-profit organization. The group's sole purpose is the construction of a monument honoring Veterans lying at rest in the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Union Grove, Wisconsin.
The ride ends at the Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee) for a brief ceremony, military tribute and displays.
Museum admission is free all day with past or present military ID.
See the Hal’s Harley-Davidson website (click on EVENTS) for additional information.