June 14, 2015 marks the United States Army’s 240th birthday. Let that sink in.
The U.S. Army has been around longer than light bulbs, steam locomotives, the U.S. Constitution and the Library of Congress. For nearly two and a half centuries, valiant soldiers have given selfless service to our nation, placing themselves in harm’s way to protect the freedoms and rights we all enjoy.
I pause today on behalf of the Veterans History Project (VHP) and a grateful nation to publicly thank the more than 675,000 currently serving active-duty and Army Reserve soldiers, acknowledge those who came before you, and wish your branch of service a very happy birthday.
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