. . . and best wishes to the more junior military services: the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard, and US Air Force.
The occasion? This Saturday, we will celebrate 239th anniversary of the establishment of the USA’s first military service – the US Army.
The US Army was established on 14 June 1775. On that date, the Continental Congress authorized the enlistment of riflemen to serve for a period of one year. It is the senior US military service.
The official birthdays of the other US military services are as follows:
- US Navy – 13 October 1775
- USMC – 10 November 1775
- US Coast Guard – 4 August 1790
- US Air Force – 18 September 1947
The US Army, US Navy, and USMC each are older than the USA itself. All three of these services trace their history to events predating the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the US Constitution. Each was established within 7 months of the first shots of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord – the US Army, within 2 months.
“This We’ll Defend.” That rather sums up 239 years of history quite nicely.