Today Congresswoman Laura Richardson celebrates the U.S. Army's 237th birthday. The Continental Army was established 236 years ago on June 14, 1775 in order to defend vulnerable colonies and secure our independence from tyranny and repression. 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.
"There are currently 22,965 veterans in my district. Today I want to honor those soldiers for the loyalty and bravery they show that has exemplified the American military for over 200 years," said Congresswoman Richardson.
June 14th also marks the occasion when the Second Continental Congress adopted the U.S. Flag by resolution. The flag represents America's unity and our national history. The flag is a reminder to the world that the United States will always stand together behind its citizens and ideals, no matter the challenge.
"As we celebrate the Army's birthday let us remember the troops we still have overseas. These soldiers continue to provide America with peace and security, as they have done for over two centuries."
Information on events taking place across the country to honor the U.S. Army can be found at the following link: http://www.army.mil/birthday/237/index.php