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Today marks the U.S. Army’s 242nd birthday

June 14, 2017

On Wednesday, the Army celebrated its 242nd birthday.

On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt troops in Boston and New York City, forming a force that would go on to become the United States Army. The troops, under the leadership of George Washington, were adopted to fight the American Revolutionary War.

The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States Armed Forces and performs land-based operations. Since its founding, the United States Army has become one of the most powerful fighting forces in the world.

Today also marks the 100th anniversary since the United States entered World War I.

Sgt. Major of the Army Daniel Dailey and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark Milley paid tribute to the soldiers who fought in the war.