Hug a GI Day takes place on March 04, 2017. Hug a GI Day is for all the men and women who proudly serve for your country. You can give a big hug to all GIs you see today to thank them. If you do not know any GIs show your respect whilst getting informed about where and why the GIs of your country are in the line of duty right now. If the GI you know is not with you on Hug a GI Day you can take his photograph instead. GI is actually short for galvanized iron although many people think it stands for general issue. Calling soldiers GIs is common in the USA. The most famous GI in the USA is certainly GI Joe - a cartoon figure from 1942.