U.S. Army Celebrates 236th Anniversary


Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, director of the Army staff, and Sergeant Major of the Army Sgt. Maj. Kenneth O. Preston, lead the annual Army Birthday Run at Fort Myer, Va. in 2009. (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army/Adam Skoczylas, the Pentagram)

From a band of militias to a branch of the most formidable fighting force in the world, the U.S. Army celebrates 236 years of existance today. On June 14, 1775, the Continental Army was created by Congress a year prior to the Declaration of Independence as tensions began to rise in New England. A day later, George Washington was chosen as General and Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.

This clip from the Army’s YouTube channel was posted last year, but nicely encapsulates how the Army was formulated in just 45 seconds.

If you are a member of the Army, past or present, add any special plans that you may have to celebrate in our comments section. — Christian Pelusi, USO

Also: Celebrate ‘Old Glory’ and Flag Day With Five Fast Facts

A Tasty Cake for Flag Day

Flag Cake Happy Flag Day! Today we honor of the adoption of the American flag on June 14, 1777. The national flag which we see these days has been effective since July 4, 1960. This was following the inclusion of Hawaii in the United States of America. However, this flag featuring 50 stars on a canton against the background of 13 stripes – 7 red and 6 white – has been evolved through a long period of eventful years.

Old Glory is 234 years old today, happy birthday! In celebration, why not make a delicious cake. “Taste of Home” has a great recipe and, better yet, every time someone views the recipe they’ll donate 10¢ to the USO! When you make the cake, be sure to post a picture of it on the USO Facebook Page!

And watch as Taste of Home Editor-in-Chief Catherine Cassidy shows Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy how to make a flag cake.