The United States Army is celebrating its 237th birthday today with events across the country and around the world. The Army's rich history dates back to the American Revolution and our nation's colonial army and continues today as they fight in far off lands in the name of freedom and protecting our nation.
Originally, America's revolutionary forces were led, equipped, armed paid and supported by the colonies. In the spring of 1775, however, this "army" prepared to confront seasoned British troops near Boston, Massachusetts. For a victory, they would need to quickly re-organize and enlist the support of all of the American colonies. At John Adams' request, the Second Continental Congress voted to "adopt" the Boston troops and a committee was formed "to bring in a draft of rules and regulations for the government of the Army." The new army was appropriated $2,000,000 to support rebel troops around Boston and New York City. Congress also authorized the formation of ten companies of expert riflemen who were to march to Boston to support the New England militia.
The following day, a unified chain of command was formed as General George Washington received his appointment as commander in chief of the Continental Army and formally took command at Boston on July 3, 1775.
Two hundred and thirty-seven years later, our nation's army -- soldiers, families and civilians -- are truly "Army Strong." From our cities and local communities, today celebrates not only the Army's illustrious history in battle, but also the local communities across the country who have steadfastly supported our soldiers and their families.
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