U.S. Army and Revolutionary War 250th Commemorations Highlighted at AUSA

By Lee ReynoldsOctober 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — In 2025, the nation will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the start of the Revolutionary War and the 250th birthday of the United States Army. At the 2023 annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army, the U.S. Army Center of Military History will begin an 18-month awareness campaign about these milestones in American history.

“We need to begin preparing now to develop awareness and an understanding within the Army and the public about the Army’s essential role in the founding of our nation and in winning the Revolutionary War,” said CMH executive director Charles R. Bowery Jr.

At this year’s AUSA annual meeting, to be held from October 9 to 11, 2023 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., CMH will host a kiosk at the Army Exhibit focusing on these commemorations.

“It’s important to start planning events at all Army levels of command and within our communities as a means to educate people about the Army’s rich history and as a way to improve morale and pride in our units,” Bowery remarked.

The CMH kiosk exhibit will focus on the life of the Continental Soldier and Army campaigns of the Revolutionary War. A mannequin dressed in a replica Continental Army uniform, complete with equipment from the period and a “Brown Bess” flintlock musket, will be available for participants to see and handle as an experiential learning opportunity.

Among the many items available at the kiosk are an informative brochure about the Army’s role in the Revolutionary War, which folds out into a souvenir battle map of the Army campaigns. The kiosk exhibit also notes the significance of the establishment of the Army on June 14, 1775, more than a year before the Declaration of Independence.

“As America’s senior service, the Army played an essential role in the founding of the United States as an independent nation and in winning the Revolutionary War. There is no United States without the Army,” Bowery said.

Throughout 2024 and 2025, CMH will be promoting awareness of key events that led to the first battles of the Revolutionary War and the establishment of the Army.

Army units and communities can learn more about the Army in the Revolutionary War by visiting their local Army museums. In June 2025, the National Museum of the United States Army near Fort Belvoir, Va., will open a new exhibit focusing on the Revolutionary War. Information about Army museum locations and exhibits can be found at the CMH website.

For additional information about U.S. Army history, visit: https://history.army.mil.

For more information about the U.S. Army Center of Military History or for media queries, please contact the CMH Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Lee Reynolds, at francis.l.reynolds.civ@army.mil

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