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US Army turns 244 today – Here’s how the branch, Trump, others celebrated

A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the Army Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team carries the U.S. flag during a performance at the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Miss., May 5, 2019. (Kemberly Groue, Air Force/Released)
June 14, 2019

The United States Army turns 244 years old today.

Since 1775, the nation has been protected by the Army’s elite soldiers on the home front and around the world.

“For 244 years, the #USArmy has had a rich history and longstanding mission in support of the nation and the support of its people. Here’s to another year of our force securing America’s #freedom,” the Army tweeted Friday.

“Today, we celebrate 244 years of defending and protecting America, and the generations of Soldiers who have answered the call to serve,” the Army said.

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The Army even posted a video about its birthday cake, saying, “It’s not a birthday celebration without cake. Watch this video to learn what all goes into an #ArmyBday cake! How are you celebrating the Army’s 244th Birthday?”

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper wrote on Twitter, “As we celebrate our #244ArmyBirthday, we thank our DA Civilians, #USArmy Families & we remember all of our Soldiers serving worldwide, continuing the fight for our Nation’s freedom & protecting our way of life. Happy Birthday @usArmy! 244 years #ArmyStrong!🎂🇺🇸💪 @ArmyChiefStaff.”

President Donald Trump also tweeted a shout-out to the branch, along with a video, saying, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our GREAT @USArmy. America loves you! #ArmyBday”

June 14 is also President Trump’s birthday, and the U.S. Army tweeted, “#DYK [Did you know] we share a birthday with the Commander in Chief, @POTUS? Happy birthday @realDonaldTrump.”

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The White House, too, wished the Army a happy birthday, saying on Twitter, “The Army turns 244 years old today—Happy Birthday, @USArmy! #ArmyBday”

When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the Congress of the Confederation created the U.S. Army to replace the disbanded Continental Army on June 3, 1784, according to the U.S. Army.

Army soldiers have played a crucial role in wars around the world, defending the U.S. and providing humanitarian assistance globally.

Currently, there are some one million Army soldiers with approximately 180,000 deployed across 140 countries, according to the U.S. Army.

Tomorrow, on June 15, about 1,600 people will attend the Army Birthday Ball at the Washington Hilton.

On June 18, the Washington Nationals baseball team will host an Army Day at Nationals Park, where Esper will throw out the first pitch. During the game, there will be a third inning salute with senior leaders and the Army Chorus.