Soldiers continue the legacy of an Army older than the Nation

FACT: The U.S. Army is older than the nation it was founded to defend.

When the Continental Army was established on June 14, 1775, its purpose was not yet to achieve independence, but to defend American liberty. Originally formed to protect the freedom of the first 13 colonies, the Army has evolved and grown from a small militia into a premier fighting force.

“We, reposing special trust and confidence in your patriotism, valor, conduct, and fidelity, do, by these presents, constitute and appoint you to be General and Commander in chief, of the army of the United Colonies, and of all the forces now raised, or to be raised, by them, and of all others who shall voluntarily offer their service, and join the said Army for the Defence of American liberty, and for repelling every hostile invasion thereof: And you are hereby vested with full power and authority to act as you shall think for the good and welfare of the service.”

Journals of the Continental Congress, 17 June 1775

We recently celebrated our 239th birthday and honored the professionalism of our Soldiers, past and present. This Independence Day (and everyday), we honor the courage and commitment of those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom even before there was a unified nation to defend.

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U.S. Army Infantry Soldiers march in Independence Day Parade up Fifth Avenue in New York.

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U.S. Army Soldiers wave the American flag as they are honored on the field at a football game.

Do you know a servicemember who has served/continues to serve and protect our freedom and liberties!?!?

Honor him/her in the comments section below!

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Soldiers continue the legacy of an Army older than the Nation