On June 14th, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized a force of 10 companies of riflemen. From those humble beginnings has risen a force that for 237 years has, almost uniquely among armies of the world, stood for the protection of the rights of the population it serves, rather protecting the government that established it.
It has been among the largest armies in the world, and among the smallest. It has at times enjoyed great public support, and times of disdain and apathy. It has been home to the most humble citizens, and some of the greatest men our nation has ever produced.
It has served, fought, built, in virtually every corner of the world. Millions of Americans have served with gallantry and distinction, from the American Revolution to this very day.
It is fitting that this day, this birthday of the Army, is shared with today’s other celebration, Flag Day. Make no mistake, it is no coincidence, given that the Army motto is, “This We’ll Defend.”