Army service members around the country will be celebrating today, as it marks the 235th birthday for the United States Army.
On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress approved the creation of the Continental Army. Twenty two thousand militiamen in Massachusetts and 5,000 in New York comprised that first Army. Today, 235 years later, the United States Army remains “the strength of the country” and has retained the same level of stability since its beginnings.
The U.S. Army released a congratulatory message to all service members currently serving the nation:
“From the Revolutionary War to the current operations taking place around the world, our soldiers remain Army Strong with a deep commitment to our core values and beliefs. This 235th birthday commemorates America’s Army – soldiers, families and civilians – who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong.”
One of the several annual traditions of this celebration is the cutting of a birthday cake with a sword.