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I Want YOU, U.S. Army, to Have a Happy Birthday

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Black and white image of man in stars and stripes hat poining at the camera.  Man is standing by an American flag and in front of the "I want you - US Army" Uncle Sam poster.
WWI veteran Walter Botts posing as Uncle Sam. Walter Botts Collection, AFC/2001/001/30167.

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.

Panoramic image of men in military uniform - detatchement.
First Ft. Riley Casual Detachment, Ft. Riley, KS, 1917. Frank Woodruff Buckles Collection, AFC/2001/001/1070.

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.

Click here to access more than 8,800 digitized stories from Army veterans in the VHP archive.


Comments (8)

  1. i love you uncle sam hooyah!

    • Thank you for reading, Mr. Standford.

  2. Who knew my child was born on the Army’s bday…..thank you for all you’ve sacrificed & happy bday…..great educational article. Never know what new tid bit if information I’ll learn when I come to this blog ~ THANK YOU!!!!

    • Thank you for reading, Ms. Boone, and happy birthday to your child. Keep coming back!

  3. Outstanding blogs Lisa concerning the U.S. Army 240 Birthday.
    Thanks for reminding us of the contributions of the Army and the need to always celebrate their many accomplishments for our nation.

    • Thank you, Chaplain McCoy, for your comment and for your own service to our nation.

  4. Fortunately today as I took a 10 hour bus ride from Washington DC to Portland Maine for a brief vacation, I mused about this blog. What would I say that hasn’t been expressed? Looking out the window I was able to
    just marvel at how safe I felt looking at the many villages, towns, cities, and several states we passed through. Lots of American flags flying and since Flag Day was on June 10, that makes sense to an old timer. We live in a physically beautiful land that God has “graciously shed His grace upon” to take the words from, “America, the Beautiful.” It’s the greatest feeling to know that our country cares for its citizens and for others.Our veterans and active service men and women serve(d) the precepts set forth 200 years ago and I am genuinely humbled by their dedication, honor, and courage. May God continue to bless Ametica, my home, sweet home. Gwen

    • Gwen, thanks for being a faithful reader and for your eloquent words. I’m glad you had a chance to marvel at the beauty of our country while appreciating the men and women who keep us safe.

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