Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day on Saturday will be observed at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot with its exhibits of military uniforms from all branches and various wartimes.

The day to honor the nation’s military forces is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May. The day was created in August 1949, and the first Armed Forces Day was observed Saturday, May 20, 1950, according to the Department of Defense.

Glenn Blackaby, museum curator, said the air museum has a collection of military uniforms and flight suits ranging from World War I to the present day and represent all branches of the military. He said the uniforms and flight suits have been donated or are on loan to the air museum.

The exhibits include a World War I aviator’s jacket, a U.S. Navy electrically heated flight suit from World War II, Army Air Forces flight suits and uniforms also from World War II, to the Vietnam War and more recent day military uniforms and flight suits.

A flight suit worn by Roger Disrud, who grew up on a farm near Rolla, is among the exhibits. Disrud, a fighter pilot, served in Vietnam where he flew 185 combat missions. He also received the Top Gun award for being the best in his business. He retired after 36 years in the Air Force.

A flight suit belonging to Dave Stewart, a U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ pilot from Parshall, is among the displays.

There’s also a World War I uniform of the 92nd Infantry “Buffalo Soldiers” with the 1st Battalion, Company B.

The air museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.