The connection between motorcyclists and the Armed Forces has always been strong for motorcycle riders — and in particular, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The American military started using motorcycles for transportation back in 1913, and three years later, Harley-Davidson motorcycles became a sought-after vehicle by top brass for use in military operations. In fact, by the beginning of World War I, a third of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles produced were earmarked for military use. So it comes as no surprise that admiration for this powerful, two-wheeled vehicle continues for those who served in the military.
This bond continues today and is one reason why we at J&P Cycles join the rest of the nation in celebrating our men and women in uniform by paying tribute to them today on Armed Forces Day:
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense.
To all of those who have served or who are currently serving, we thank you for your diligent service to this great country. Were it not for your sacrifices – both past and present – this country would not be what it is today. We’re proud of you and all of the work you have done and continue to do.