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NATIONAL AIRBORNE DAY – August 16

National Airborne Day August 16

NATIONAL AIRBORNE DAY

National Airborne Day is observed each year on August 16.   Designated by the United States Congress, National Airborne Day honors the nation’s airborne divisions of the Armed Forces.  This National Day was created in 2001 by 43rd United States President, George W. Bush.

August 16, 1940, marks the date of the first official Army parachute jump at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The successful jump validated the innovative concept of inserting United States ground combat forces behind a battle line by parachute. These sky soldiers represent some of the most prestigious and effectively trained forces in the United States Army. 

Can you imagine, this was well before the phrase, “Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?”

HOW TO OBSERVE

The United States military in all of it’s branches provide the most professional military men and women of the world. Thank a paratrooper and use #NationalAirborneDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

On August 3, 2009, the US Senate of the 111th Congress recognized National Airborne Day with Senate Resolution 235. President George W. Bush proclaimed National Airborne Day on August 14, 2002.

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