National Airborne Day

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There couldn’t be greater contrast than the civilian sport of skydiving and the use of parachutes by military “airborne” units. Skydiving is all about fun, with safety first. Airborne operations are all about getting soldiers down quickly or covertly. But the two parachuting purposes share a kinship and actually owe much of their existence to the other. That’s why it’s appropriate for all skydivers to take moment to reflect this Saturday, August 16, which has been specially designated by the U.S. Congress and various state legislatures as National Airborne Day. Since 2002, National Airborne Day has been annually commemorated to remember and honor those military parachuting pioneers and the military parachuting units past and present. After being authorized in June 1940, the Army Parachute Test Platoon began training 48 volunteers in July 1940. On August 16, 1940, the test platoon of volunteers made its first official Army parachute jump. With that beginning sprang the formation of a formidable force of military airborne units that have been instrumental in every major engagement from World War II forward.

The U.S. Parachute Association takes this opportunity to say “thank you for your service” to every airborne soldier past and present, and we urge every skydiver to pause this Saturday and reflect on those who have used parachutes to defend the United States.

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5 Responses to “National Airborne Day”

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  2. Darren McCoy Says:

    wow. i just finished telling a friend that of my 900 dvds i’ve got, if i had to keep just one, it would be Band of Brothers. I’m saddened “Shifty” is gone. I will do my memorial jump & encourage every other card holder to do the same.

  3. Jan F. Nethen Says:

    A loud and vigorous “AIRBORNE” to “Shifty” and all the men and women of “The Greatest Generation”

  4. Fabio Says:

    Let’s honor all the veterans with a nice jump. All the way!
    an Italian Airborne trooper
    Fabio

  5. John A Granados Says:

    I am proud to say that I served with the 101st Airborne Division 1958 to 1960. It is great that the Airborne finally has its day!! I am also a former skydiver. BLUE SKIES111

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