I am sharing the post below from the Editorial Staff of the American Free News Network. I spent four years on active duty with the U.S. Army. It was one of the most important and consequential experiences of my life. While serving, I learned about leadership, working selflessly as part of a team, and the importance of being someone others can rely on. So Hoo-Rah! And Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!
On the cool morning of April 19, 1775, Captain John Parker stood at the head of his local militia. They were assembled on Lexington Commons to resist an illegal attempt by the forces of the Crown, to seize colonial weapons. “Stand your ground,” Parker ordered. “Don’t fire unless fired upon. But if they want to have a war, let it begin here.”
Two months later, the U.S. Army was founded on 14 June 1775, as the Continental Congress authorized the enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for the duration of one year. Thus the beginning of a nascent force that would one day remove the most brilliant diadem from a colonial crown upon which, to that point, the sun never set.
Through its storied history, the Army has earned 190 battle streamers for doing its part to ensure the survival of this wonderful and unique idea of the United States of America.
Here’s a short recruiting video from “back in the day” that sets the Army history to music.
Happy Birthday United States Army!
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