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From a band of militias to a branch of the most formidable fighting force in the world, the U.S. Army celebrates 236 years of existance today. On June 14, 1775, the Continental Army was created by Congress a year prior to the Declaration of Independence as tensions began to rise in New England. A day later, George Washington was chosen as General and Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.
This clip from the Army’s YouTube channel was posted last year, but nicely encapsulates how the Army was formulated in just 45 seconds.
If you are a member of the Army, past or present, add any special plans that you may have to celebrate in our comments section. – Christian Pelusi, USO
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