President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.
The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.
In 2010, Clemson Extension trained agriculture agents within a unit of the S.C. Army National Guard that deployed to Afghanistan. The Guard’s role was to help Afghan farmers improve productivity and stabilize the country’s economy by diversifying agriculture. Twelve of the 64 members in the unit trained at Clemson during the summer to learn agricultural techniques as part of the Afghanistan Agribusiness Development Team.
Clemson Extension is proud of this collaboration and thanks all of our military members for their service.