"Moving toward a greater good"
Recipients of the Seal
MG Michael Barbero
William M. Goodman
Willie L. Jones
American Legion - Post 267
Thank you for visiting the official site for the U.S. Armed Forces Day of Diversity Observance. The above symbol was created by Frank M. Goodman to pay honor to the patriotism of President Harry S. Truman and the men and women that served our nation's defense during the segregation of our armed services and to formally include them in our magnificent integrated Armed Forces of today.
Each year, since 2006, Columbus Forward has hosted a 1-mile walk and 2-mile run on the last Saturday of October to recognize the sacrifices and progress of our Armed Forces' past and present initiatives to be the leaders in demonstrating equal opportunity and integration. I hope that our veterans, citizens, and U.S. President will one day give the proper tribute to the true actions that changed and improved our nation and armed services. Some would like to recognize the day of integration based on the initiation of Executive Order 9981, but it is my hope that we acknowledge the day the Secretary of Defense announced the completion of integration - though two or more quartermaster/truck units remained segregated (October 30, 1954).
DESCRIPTION OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES DAY OF DIVERSITY SEAL AND FLAG
On July 26, 1948 President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 to end segregation in the United States Armed Forces. The mission was announced complete by the Secretary of Defense, October 30, 1954.
The "Red" stripe represents the blood sacrificed for the defense of this nation and the independence of others.
The "White" stripe represents the purity of heart to defend and serve regardless of the conditions.
The "Blue" stripe represents the judgment to do the right thing where injustice abounds.
The shape of the "Seal" is round to represent a symbol of unity.
The Pentagon-shaped base represents the foundation of defense, regulations, and policies that keep our service members informed and nation safe.
The United States Flag is centered and stands above the rest as the ultimate symbol of America's constitution and history.
The Armed Forces is comprised of five branches of service: The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The staffs are of equal height to represent equal responsibility to defend the orders set forth by the President of the United States.
The five colored blocks finally integrate the past with the present. The colors represent race and ethnicity of our defenders: American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, White Americans, Black/African Americans, and Hispanic Americans.
Due to the actions of President Harry S. Truman and the struggle of our nation to integrate, the U.S. Armed Forces will be "Forever One".