National Airborne Day comes on August 16 of every year. Airborne Day is a day created by the United States Congress to honor the nation’s airborne divisions of the Armed Forces. Today is the perfect day for us to pay tribute to the courage and dedication of airborne members of the Armed Forces.
“Your hopes, dreams, and aspirations are legitimate. They are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the storms, if you only let them.” – William James
History of National Airborne Day
The former President of America, George W. Bush, created National Airborne Day on 2001. August 16 was chosen for the anniversary of the first official US Army parachute jump in 1940. On August 16, 1940, 48 volunteers, who were all members of the Parachute Test Platoon, carried out a successful jump in Georgia. It shows the way forward to hundreds of thousands of other paratroopers who later followed in their footsteps. The successful jump authorized the innovative concept of entering the United States ground combat forces behind the battle line by parachute. These persons represent some of the most prestigious and efficiently trained troops in the Army of the United States.
Other Celebrations on August 16
August 16 is also celebrated as
- National Bratwurst Day
- Tell a Joke Day
- National Rum Day
- National Roller Coaster Day
- International Wave at the Surveillance Cameras Day
How to Celebrate the day
On every National Airborne Day, a ceremony will be held at Fort Bragg, North Carolina – the home of the 82nd Airborne division. The best way to celebrate the day is to hold a minute’s silence to thank the paratroopers. You can use the hashtag #NationalAirborneDay or #AirborneDay on social media to express your views about Airborne Day.
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