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The National Guard includes the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. These two components have a mission to equip, train, and deploy when needed in emergencies for contingencies around the world.
The National Guard Birthday will be observed on Friday, December 13, 2019.
The Air National Guard will be observed on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.
Celebrating the Birthday of The National Guard
Similar to many other military observances, the birthday of the National Guard is not a national holiday, a bank holiday, or a special day off on the federal calendar. Yet Guard units around the world make a point to honor this special day. One of the most common activities to celebrate is with a National Guard Birthday cake cutting ceremony.
Tradition requires this ceremony to involve the oldest member of the celebrating Guard unit cutting the cake together with the youngest member. This is similar to the cake cutting tradition found at Army Dining-Out ceremonies, the Air Force Ball, and many other events where military heritage is an important part of the proceedings.
Some Guard units may celebrate on the local level with open houses, recruitment drives, charity work, or other community involvement.
You can get involved in an effort to support Guard members celebrate the National Guard birthday. You can make yourself available as a current or former Guard member by contacting your local National Guard office or a Veteran Service Organization (VSO) such as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), or Wounded Warrior Project.