A Proclamation on Armed Forces Day, 2022
On Armed Forces Day, we share our endless appreciation for proud patriots who answer the call to serve by taking the sacred oath to defend our Constitution. The brave members of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Forces, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve Forces represent the best of our nation. Today and every day, we honor their immeasurable service on behalf of our grateful nation.
On this special day of remembrance, we recognize the sacrifices our service members and their families make on our behalf, and recommit to our solemn duty to support them as they protect us. Our nation has a sacred obligation to properly equip and prepare our troops when we send them into harm’s way and to support them – both while they serve overseas and when they return home – and their families, their caregivers and their survivors. We must respect this obligation.
My administration’s unity agenda focuses on key issues that bring Americans together: supporting our veterans, defeating the opioid epidemic, addressing our national mental health crisis, and ending cancer as we know. Each of these issues impacts our military community, and each is essential to fulfilling our obligation to our troops, their families, caregivers and survivors. Mental health issues pose a real challenge to our service members and their families, and my administration will continue to strengthen the tools, resources and support of our military community so that our brave service members, who have answered the call, can prosper. This includes taking bold steps to reduce suicide among military members, veterans and their families.
The success of our armed forces also depends on the fact that every member of our military community feels that their safety and ability to thrive come first as they defend our nation. This is why my administration is so focused on addressing potential adverse consequences related to toxic exposures or other environmental hazards while deployed or in garrison.
The security of our troops also means tackling the scourge of sexual harassment and sexual assault in our armed forces. We have already taken important steps. In December, I was proud to enact historic military justice reforms under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022. The Department of Defense is working to implement these critical changes, alongside recommendations from the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military for Prevention, Climate and Culture, and Care and Support. victim support. Much more needs to be done to achieve the progress our troops deserve, and this will remain a top priority for my administration.
Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a nation, and we will continue to strive to ensure that our armed forces reflect society at all levels within its ranks. Ensuring equal opportunity and greater inclusion will build the strength of our military and ensure that every American knows they can succeed and thrive as a member of the United States Armed Forces. We are renewing our efforts to address the recruitment, retention, and well-being of women in the military, as well as providing a pathway to service for other underrepresented groups.
As we look around the world today, we are reminded again that freedom comes at a very high price. Throughout our history, brave Americans have always stepped forward to defend our freedoms – willing to pay the price to keep our country safe. Our nation’s armed forces are the best in the world. And we know it’s not just the person in our Nation’s uniform who serves. Their loved ones also serve. Today, we also honor the families, caregivers and survivors of our armed forces – all those who sacrifice on our behalf and give their all to support the service members they support.
On Armed Forces Day, we salute our brave service members, whose dedication and sacrifice ensure that our nation’s armed forces are unmatched in strength, unity and resilience. They are the greatest fighting force the world has ever known.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, continuing the precedent of my predecessors in office, do hereby proclaim the Third Saturday of each May as Armed Forces Day.
I direct the Secretary of Defense on behalf of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force and the Secretary of Homeland Security on behalf of the Guard coast, to plan appropriate celebrations each year, with the Secretary of Defense responsible for soliciting the participation and cooperation of civil authorities and private citizens. I invite the Governors of the States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and other areas under United States jurisdiction to plan the observance of Armed Forces Day in their respective jurisdictions each year in an appropriate manner aimed at increasing public understanding and appreciation of the armed forces of the United States. I also invite veterans, civic leaders and other organizations to join in celebrating Armed Forces Day each year.
Finally, I call on all Americans to display the flag of the United States in their homes and businesses on Armed Forces Day, and I urge citizens to learn more about military service by attending and participating in local celebrations of the day.
Proclamation 10210 of May 14, 2021 is rescinded.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have affixed my signature this twentieth day of May of the year of grace two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-six.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.