BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- One of only two organizations in collegiate athletics to have a team from all the military academies (United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, United States Coast Guard Academy) among its membership, the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) remembers all of its past, present and future members who served/serve/will serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves on Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 20).
Celebrated annually on the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May (the fourth if the month begins on a Sunday).
First observed on 20 May 1950, the day was created on August 31, 1949, in the wake of World War II and immediately prior to the Korean conflict to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still observed, especially within the respective services.
Because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in the month of May.