Celebrating the Strength of the Nation: the Army's 237th Birthday

Thursday June 14, 2012

What is it?

Today the United States Army celebrates its 237th birthday. In the spring of 1775, a group of militiamen cobbled 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, beginning 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.

What has the Army done?

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 War 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.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

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.

Why is this important to the Army?

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 to say thank you to all of you, who have stood by the Army family for more than 10 years of conflict. Additionally, this year we remember those who fought in the Korean War, as we celebrate its 60th anniversary with events throughout our country.

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!

Army.mil: 237th Army Birthday
Army.Mil: 60th anniversary of the Korean War
Defense.gov: Korean War

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June 14, 10:30 a.m.(ET): Chief of Staff of the Army, at a cake cutting event in Times Square, New York City

June 14, 11 a.m. (ET): Pentagon Cake Cutting Ceremony, Pentagon Center Courtyard

June 16, 6:30 p.m. (ET): Army Birthday Ball at the Washington Hilton

Army.mil: 237th Army Birthday

Medal of Honor: Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.

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Senior Leaders are Saying

"As we celebrate 237 years of service to our great nation. Birthday's are commemorations and our Army has much to be proud of: today you are part of the greatest Army in the world, your selfless service, courage, dedication and sacrifice to our nation during 10 years of war has been remarkable. I am incredibly proud ..."

- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, in his message on the 237th Army Birthday

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army - Happy Birthday U.S. Army!

Senior Leader birthday messages may be viewed at the 237th Army Birthday site.

What They're Saying

"The Values Ceremony is when we welcome them as Soldiers in the U.S. Army. This is the final portion -- the grand finale of Basic Combat Training. They will not be civilians anymore. This is their final step to becoming a Soldier. We gave them their values tags during the ceremony, the tags are something these Soldiers will hold close to their hearts for the rest of their lives."

- Staff Sgt. Jason Coffey, 795th Military Police Battalion drill sergeant.

Values ceremony marks Soldier milestone

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