• Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III and Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh straighten the bow on the Army's 237th birthday wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., June 14, 2012. The Army was created by the First Continental Congress on this date in 1775 by authorizing enlistment of Soldiers to serve the United Colonies for one year. A congressional resolution stood up 10 companies of riflemen.

    Wreath to Commemorate 237th Army Birthday

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III and Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh straighten the bow on the Army's 237th birthday wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., June 14, 2012. The Army was created by the...

  • As Taps sounds following the placement of the Army's 237th birthday wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Lt. Gen. William Troy along with the Old Guard render salutes to honor the sacrifice Soldiers and their families have made since the Army was founded by the First Continental Congress, June 14, 1775.

    Salutes Rendered at Taps

    As Taps sounds following the placement of the Army's 237th birthday wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Lt. Gen. William...

  • June 14, 2012, marked the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army. In recognition of the sacrifices Soldiers and their families have made since the service was founded in 1775, a wreath was placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. The Continental Congress authorized enlistment of Soldiers to serve the United Colonies for one year. The Army first stood up with 10 companies of riflemen authorized by congressional resolution.

    Wreath Under Guard

    June 14, 2012, marked the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army. In recognition of the sacrifices Soldiers and their families have made since the service was founded in 1775, a wreath was placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Va...

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 14, 2012) -- On the morning of the Army's 237th birthday, the air bordered on chilly at Arlington National Cemetery -- a real contrast to the unseasonably high temperatures over the last few weeks.

But the day soon warmed up as crowds of school children in brightly-colored matching t-shirts made their way onto the marble gallery areas in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns to watch the Old Guard sentinel glide perfect steps from one end of his 63-foot walk to the other.

The Soldier's dignified movement commanded respect and silence from the crowd. The only sound he made came from the clicks that emanated from the metal caps on his shoes, each time he changed direction.

The tomb represents service members who have died, but their remains were never identified. It is one of the most sacred places on the hallowed ground here, where more than 250,000 service members have been laid to rest.

It's those quarter-million-plus service members and the unknowns that brought Army Secretary John M. McHugh and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III to Arlington Cemetery to place a wreath at the tomb to commemorate the Army's 237th birthday.

While birthday celebrations are usually loud and filled with laughs and cake -- this event was quiet. Instead, it brought a red and white flower wreath with blue ribbons as a simple, quiet and dignified way to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to the Army and to the country over the last 237 years.

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