Happy Birthday, United States Army

June 14 – yesterday – was Flag Day in the United States. I wrote about that here.

But it completely passed by me that June 14 is also the official “birthday” of the United States Army.

The United States Army marks as it’s inception date June 14, 1775 – before there was even a Unites States. That was date that the the Continental Congress established a unified army for the states to fight Great Britain. They also appointed George Washington as its commander.

The mission of the Army is to serve as the land-based branch of the U.S. military. §3062 of Title 10 US Code defines the purpose of the army as:

  • preserving the peace and security and providing for the defense of the United States, the Commonwealths and possessions and any areas occupied by the United States
  • supporting the national policies
  • implementing the national objectives
  • overcoming any nations responsible for aggressive acts that imperil the peace and security of the United States.

For 237 years, the men and women of the United States Army have done just that.

And I thank God for all of them! I especially thank:

My father, Ed Blonski,

for his service in the Unite States Army in the early 1960’s.

My grandfather, Ed Blonski who served in World War II,

and my good friend Mitch, who served in Vietnam,

both part of the 1st Infantry Division.

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