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

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