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Celebrate Armed Forces Day 2024

American flag with a wooden plaque reading "Armed Forces Day"

Armed Forces Day is significant for many reasons. Firstly, it is a tribute to the commitment of the armed forces personnel who dedicate their lives to safeguarding their nation and its values. These brave individuals willingly put themselves in harm’s way, often enduring long separations from their families and facing immense challenges to ensure our safety and security.

What Is Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces Day in the United States traces back to 1949 when President Harry S. Truman established it to consolidate the separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Days into a single celebration. The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on May 20, 1950, to honor Americans serving in the U.S. Military branches under the Department of Defense. Since then, the day has been an annual opportunity for civilians to express their gratitude and support for the men and women who serve.

When Is Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces Day is typically celebrated on the third Saturday in May each year in the United States. The exact date of Armed Forces Day can vary from year to year, but it usually falls between May 15th and May 21st. Armed Forces Day in 2024 is May 18th.

Memorial Day vs Veterans Day vs Armed Forces Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May each year. The purpose of Memorial Day is to remember, honor, and mourn the military personnel who have died in the line of duty while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It originated after the Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate soldiers who died in battle, and it has since expanded to honor all American service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11th, and it honors all military veterans who have served in peacetime or wartime and thank them for their service and sacrifice. It used to be called Armistice Day and commemorated the end of World War I on November 11th, 1918.

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of May. This day honors all men and women currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. It recognizes the collective strength and commitment of the military across all branches and provides an opportunity for civilians to express their appreciation for service members.

The Difference Between Each Day

Memorial Day honors those who have died during their military service. Veterans Day honors all military service men and women no longer serving. And Armed Forces Day celebrates those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Gifts for Veterans and Servicemen and Women

Our veterans and service men and women deserve our gratitude. At Texas de Brazil, we make it easy to show your appreciation. Say “thank you” on Armed Forces Day 2024 with:

A Texas de Brazil Gift Card

A gift card always fits and is especially nice for the military men and women in your life who don’t live close to you. Send the gift of churrasco with a Texas de Brazil gift card to be used at one of our 50 locations nationwide. 

A Grilling Package

If your hero loves to grill, why not get them one of Texas de Brazil’s Butcher Boxes? Premium cuts of meat, including picanha, sirloin flap, bone-in filet mignon, tomahawk pork chops, St Louis style ribs, and Australian rack of lamb can be delivered right to your door in time for grilling season. Visit our Butcher Shop to purchase your pre-selected grilling package or a la carte options. 

Barbecue Catering

Let us do the cooking! Host a party in honor of the soldier in your life and we will prepare an unforgettable meal. Choose from your favorite perfectly-grilled meats, a selection of warm and cold sides, and a dessert fit for a king (cheesecake or bananas foster pie, anyone?). We recommend at least ¾ lb of meat and a pound of sides per person–yeah, it’s that good. Find your location and place your order (we need five hours at least) for pick up today. 

Celebrate Armed Forces Day 2024 

Dining in at one of our restaurants is one of the best ways to celebrate Armed Forces Day. We celebrate our servicemen and women year round by offering a Hero’s Discount:15% off your dine-in dinner or lunch. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for the sacrifices made to our country.

Find a location near you to enjoy a warm and welcoming meal with the service member in your life. It’s a memorable way to show appreciation for their dedication and commitment to serving their country. 

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