President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama and thousands of others across the United States commemorated Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

In an official proclamation, Trump honored the men and women who serve and have served our country, which read in part:

For almost 70 years, our Nation has set aside one day to recognize the great debt we owe to the men and women who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  On Armed Forces Day, we salute the bravery of those who defend our Nation's peace and security.  Their service defends for Americans the freedom that all people deserve.

This year, we also reflect on the 100th anniversary of our Nation's entry into World War I.  More than 4.7 million Americans would ultimately serve in the United States Armed Forces during that terrible conflict.  Their sacrifice has not been forgotten.  One hundred years later, we face different threats and challenges.  But our safety and security, and the defense of our way of life, rest in the same able hands of our Armed Forces.

Today, we salute our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen for their dedication as they carry out the extraordinary duty of protecting our country.  We also pay tribute to the families who serve alongside them, lending their steadfast love and support.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, continuing the tradition of my predecessors in office, do hereby proclaim the third Saturday of each May as Armed Forces Day.


Trump and others also publicly showed their support for the troops today on Twitter: