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Honoring Those Who Serve on National Airborne Day

Honoring Those Who Serve on National Airborne Day

In 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed Aug. 16 as National Airborne Day commemorating the first official Army parachute jump on Aug. 16, 1940, and encouraging all Americans to honor the thousands of soldiers, past and present, who have served in an airborne capacity.

 “Airborne Soldiers have a long and distinguished tradition of being an elite body of fighting men and women — people who have always set the example for determination and courage,” Army.mil.

A mother and child prepare for the loud explosions of artillery during the All American Week 100 Airborne Review at Sicily Drop Zone, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, May 25, 2017. The Airborne Review is the culminating event of All American Week 100 which is an opportunity for Paratroopers past and present to celebrate being members of the All American Division. This year’s All American Week theme is “Celebrating a Century of Service!” (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dustin D. Biven)

U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division conduct the Airborne Review during All American Week 100 at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 25, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Barry Loo)

CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, carry slingloaded artillery cannons during the All American Week Airborne Review at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 25, 2017.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Hewitt)

U.S. Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division prepare to conduct a static line jump out of a C-17 Globemaster III during exercise Panther Storm at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, July 26, 2017. The deployment readiness exercise tests the division’s ability to rapidly deploy its global response force anywhere in the world within a short notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, descend over Malamute Drop Zone during airborne training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 13, 2017. The Soldiers of 4/25 belong to the only American airborne brigade in the Pacific and are trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extremely cold weather and high altitude environments in support of combat, partnership and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena)

Paratroopers of 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division ride on an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 27, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Love)

Green Berets assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) ride to shore aboard a zodiac on American Lake, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington on July 25, 2017. This training demonstrates the capability of rapidly accessing a shoreline. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Codie Mendenhall)

Soldiers assigned to Group Support Battalion (GSB), 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), conduct airborne operations at Merrill Drop Zone Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, July 19, 2017. (Photo by Sergeant Joseph Parrish)

U.S and partner nation paratroopers preform airborne operations from a CH-47 Chinook during Leapfest 2017 at the University of Rhode Island, West Kingston, Aug. 6, 2017. Leapfest is the largest, longest standing, international static line parachute training event and competition hosted by the 56th Troop Command, Rhode Island Army National Guard to promote high-level technical training and esprit de corps within the International Airborne community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Wooten)

U.S. Army Paratroopers conduct an airborne operation from Papa, Hungary, and jump into Bezmer Airfield with their allies in Bulgaria as part of exercise Saber Guardian on July 18, 2017. The annual, multinational exercise is held in the Black Sea Region to assure allies and partners of the enduring commitment of the U.S. (Photos by SPC Cheyenne M. Shouse)

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