This year, the United States Army pays tribute to 245 years of dedicated service to our Nation. While it is fitting that we pause to recognize the achievements and contributions of our Soldiers and their Families, Army Civilians, Veterans, and retirees, we acknowledge that this Army Birthday will take place during a profoundly challenging time for America. Still, whatever challenge we face as a nation, the U.S. Army always answers the call to serve and defend. Our history of coming together to serve our communities with honor is part of the enduring fabric of America’s legacy.Our Nation has faced significant challenges this year and the Army has risen to those challenges in support of our citizens. The Total Army’s swift and deliberate response to the coronavirus pandemic provided augmentation to medical facilities and care in our most stressed cities, assistance to FEMA and local leaders to provide critical medical supplies, and innovative science and research to develop a lifesaving vaccine.The U.S. Army exists to protect this Nation and the rights of the American people. In recent weeks, we have done that, in the protection of the American people’s right to peacefully assemble. Within our Army, now is the time to come together and listen, learn, and take action against discrimination that has existed in our country and our Army.Army Soldiers and Civilians embody the Army Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage and are committed to the mission. We thank our Soldiers and their families, Army Civilians, Veterans, and retirees for their extraordinary service and steadfast determination.The U.S. Army’s honorable lineage dates back to June 14, 1775. Today, 245 years later, we observe our Army’s values and patriotism, our legacy of service and making a difference in our communities, and the sacrifices we have made. We encourage all members of the Army family to participate in the virtual events that are taking place to pay tribute to America and commemorate the 245th anniversary of the U. S. Army’s establishment. Please join us live on Facebook June 14, 2020, at 7 p.m. for, “The Army at 245: A Tribute to America.”For the full list of other online activities in which you can participate, go to: https://www.army.mil/article/235706/.Michael A. GrinstonSergeant Major of the ArmyJames C. McConvilleGeneral, United States ArmyChief of StaffRyan D. McCarthySecretary of the Army