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U.S. Army - June 14, 1775

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The United States Army celebrates its 237th birthday on June 14.

In the spring of 1775, a group of militiamen came together from various New England colonies to confront British troops near Boston, Massachusetts.

Recognizing the need for a professional American force, our nation’s leaders established the Continental Army on June 14, 1775.

This began our Army’s rich heritage of successfully defending this great country and her citizens.

George Washington received his appointment as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army the next day, and formally took command at Boston on July 3, 1775.

Throughout the last 237 years, the U.S. Army has remained the strength of our nation, ensuring her citizens and our national interests are protected.

From the Civil War, to World Wars I and II, to Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, our Army has defeated tyranny and advanced the cause of freedom.

And, following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Army was decisively engaged in Iraq and continues to serve in Afghanistan to combat violent extremism and keep terrorism from our shores.

The Army will always remain true to its enduring professional values, honoring the sacred trust bestowed by the nation.

As we look towards the next 10 years and beyond, the Army will remain vigilant, preparing for the challenges of an uncertain future, while always remembering to value the strength of our soldiers and the support for their family members, as it is the people who make our Army strong.

Celebrating the Army’s birthday is an opportunity to reflect on the birth of our nation and the establishment of our great Army.

We also celebrate the Army family; the soldiers, family members and civilians that make up the Army community; and say thank you to all of you, who have stood by the Army family for more than 10 years of conflict.

The strength of the nation is our Army,

The strength of our Army is our soldiers,

The strength of our soldiers is our families,

This is what makes us Army Strong. (U.S. Army)