June 14, 2022

Happy 246th Birthday to… The Army!

June 14th, 2022 marks two hundred and forty six years since the creation of the Army in 1775. The Continental Army, as it was named at the time, was established to fight against the British during the Revolution. With General George Washington as the commander and volunteer amateur troops making up the force, soldiers fought with passion and bravery and ultimately secured victory for America. Since its first birthday, the Army has undergone monumental growth and development but the characteristic courage and honor with which its members serve remains.

The Army has made major steps forward both in size and progressivity since its establishment over two hundred years ago. Since the passing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act in 1948, women have been permitted to serve in the Army and the number of females in service continues to increase each year. 1948 also marked the year that Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 stating that there would be “equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.” Though it would take time for segregation to truly be eliminated, the Army continues to grow more diverse each year. In 1973, the draft which required men to fill vacancies in the Army was officially terminated. Today, the Army stands as the United States’ largest branch of the military, made up of men, women and minorities, and operates on a fully volunteer basis.

Every year on the 14th of June, many traditions and ceremonies are celebrated to honor the great force that protects our country. A cake cutting ceremony is hosted annually at both the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, with the highest and lowest ranking officials cutting the cake with an Army Saber. Though a fun and high spirited tradition, this historical practice also symbolizes the brotherhood and teamwork within the Army. Formation runs commence all over the world on this day, honoring the tradition of strength and toughness within the Army. Local picnics, Army Balls and Sporting Events will be hosted by individual communities across the United States.

To the men and women who have stepped up to contribute to the ever growing strength of our Army, these celebrations on June 14th are dedicated to you. We also continue to celebrate those who have sacrificed their lives over the years for the betterment of our country and the freedom we now enjoy. Thank you for your service and happy birthday to the Army!

To continue supporting the troops serving our country, visit the United Service Organizations (USO) to see how you can help. The options range from sending care packages, to writing messages to our service men and women, to donating to the USO – Every little bit counts!