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Happy 237th Birthday U.S. Army!

WASHINGTON--The United States Army celebrates its 237th birthday June 14.
Published June 14, 2012
The United States Army celebrates its 237th birthday June 14, 2012.

The United States Army celebrates its 237th birthday June 14, 2012.

In the spring of 1775, a group of militiamen cobbled together from various New England colonies to confront British troops near Boston.  Recognizing the need for a professional American force, the nation's leaders established the Continental Army on June 14, 1775, beginning the Army's rich heritage of successfully defending the 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.

Throughout the last 237 years, the U.S. Army has remained the strength of the nation, ensuring her citizens and its national interests were protected.  From the Civil War, to World Wars I and II, to Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, the 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 American shores.

The Army will always remain true to its enduring professional values, honoring the sacred trust bestowed by the Nation.  Looking 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 its Soldiers and the support for their family members, as it is the people who make the Army strong.

"Birthdays are commemorations and our Army has much to be proud of," said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, in his message to the force on the 237th Army Birthday.  "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..."

Celebrating the Army's birthday is an opportunity to reflect on the birth of the nation and the establishment of the Army.   Additionally, this year the Army remembers those who fought in the Korean War with 60th anniversary events throughout the country.

Happy Birthday, U.S. Army!