Army Strong for 242 years

By Joy Asuncion | Jun 17, 2017
Photo by: Betsy Ross shows the American flag to George Washington.

On June 14, we will celebrate the U.S. Army's 242nd birthday!

Two hundred forty-two years ago, the United States Army was established to defend our 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 birthday commemorates America's Army — soldiers, families and civilians — who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong.

Being Army Strong goes beyond physical endurance and mental preparedness. It encompasses an indomitable spirit, and high ethical and moral values. These are not only desirable traits in a person, but also in a nation that wishes to live up to the ideals and vision of its founders.

The theme for this year’s Army birthday is commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. In the “Great War,” over 4 million soldiers served and helped lead us to victory. We appreciate all those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms.

Today, morethan 185,000 soldiers serve in 140 countries around the world — please keep them all in your prayers and thoughts as they are still fighting to keep our country safe and free. Happy birthday, U.S. Army!

Flag Day June 14

The “Stars and Stripes,” the official national symbol of the United States of America, was authorized by Congress on Saturday, June 14, 1777, in the fifth item of the day’s agenda.

The entry in the journal of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, Vol. Vlll, 1777, reads, “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

According to American legend, in June 1776, George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, to create a flag for the new nation in anticipation of a declaration of its independence.

Joy Asuncion is a retired 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, an Honor Flight Maine board member, a Maine Troop Greeter and Maine State Ambassador for the Women in Military Service For America Memorial. You can reach Joy at or 930-5640.


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