The US military celebrates its birthday on June 14 every year. 2023 marks 248 years of Army service. The Continental Army was the first army of the United States and played a key role in the victory of the Revolutionary War. Here are all the details you need to know.
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Culinary specialists from across the Army are putting the finishing touches on cakes to celebrate the Army’s 248th birthday.
— US Army (@USArmy)
June 14, 2023
What happened on June 14, 1775?
On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress authorized the enlistment of six companies of expert riflemen to serve in the American Continental Army. This date is considered the official birthday of the US military.
The Continental Army was formed in response to growing tensions between the American colonies and Great Britain. Both countries were in a state of war for months and the April 18 incident forced the United States to establish solid military ground to protect itself.
Why is it celebrated as the birthday of the US military?
The US Army’s birthday is celebrated on June 14 because it is the date the Continental Army was established in 1775. The Continental Army was the first army of the United States and played a key role in the victory of the Revolutionary War.
Here is a brief timeline of events leading up to the establishment of the Continental Army:
April 19, 1775: The battles of Lexington and Concord are fought, marking the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
June 14, 1775: The Second Continental Congress authorizes the formation of the Continental Army.
Initially, the army was made up of untrained militiamen. However, the delegates to the Second Continental Congress knew that they needed a professional army if they were to defeat the British.
According to the Library of Congress, George Washington stated: “The abuses [problems] in this army, I am afraid, are considerable, and the new model of the same [reorganization]”Faced with an enemy, from whom we expect an attack every hour, it is extremely difficult and dangerous.”
On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress authorized the enlistment of six companies of expert riflemen to serve in the American Continental Army. These soldiers had to be paid 6 dollars a month and the captains received 20 dollars a month and it increased according to the ranks.
The American Battlefield Trust states “These riflemen, from Pennsylvania and Virginia, who served as private soldiers would receive a payment of $6.67 per calendar month. As the year 1775 progressed, captains in continental service would earn $20 a month with pay increasing as the ranks increased, with a colonel earning $50 per calendar month.”
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— US Army (@USArmy)
June 13, 2023
What are some ways to celebrate the US military’s birthday?
There are no official announcements on how the government plans to celebrate this day. However, the military celebrates by cutting a cake and you can also participate in any of the activities below to show your support for the military and its mission:
- Visit a local military installation: Many military installations offer tours and exhibits that highlight the history and mission of the U.S. military.
- Attend a military appreciation event: Many communities host events to honor and thank the men and women who serve in the U.S. military.
- Donate to a military charity: Many charities support the men and women who serve in the U.S. military.
- Thank a Veteran: Take a moment to thank a veteran for their service to the nation.
In closing, the United States Army Birthday is a day to honor the men and women who have served in the United States Army. It is also a day to remember the sacrifices that have been made to defend the nation.