August 16, 1940 marked the first official Army parachute jump, validating the innovative concept of inserting United States ground combat forces behind a battle line by parachute. (Wikipedia).

 

In 2001, George W. Bush designated today to honor those who served in the airborne forces of the Armed Forces.

 

These soldiers have been key in countless operations in every war.  The courage displayed by jumping literally into harms way from thousands of feet is unimaginable by most of us.

 

Thank you for all your years of service in jumping to our aid around the world.

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