On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress created the Continental Army to secure our Nation’s independence and defend our new republic. For 238 years, the Army has been the Strength of the Nation, with generations of America’s most precious treasures stepping forward proudly – as Soldiers and Army Civilians – to defend those freedoms, as well as those of our friends and allies.
This week, every American should be proud as their Army celebrates its 238th birthday. Today, the Army is engaged in a struggle against an adaptive and determined enemy. To defeat this threat and prepare for those of the future, the Army continues to restore balance to a force strained by years of war. Americans should be proud of the strength of the nation that the Army represents.
Today Soldiers are deployed around the world defending our Nation. This all-volunteer force serves conscientiously regardless of numerous deployments and minimal dwell times. Since the tragic day on September 11, 2001 the force continues to deploy around the globe to take our nations fight against the enemy on their homeland so we don’t have to fight them here.
The Army seal embodies the elements traditionally associated with the ideals and values of the Army, which date back to its establishment in 1775. The central element, the Roman cuirass, is a symbol of strength and defense. The sword, half-pike, musket, bayonet, cannon, cannon balls, mortar and mortar bombs represent Army implements. The drum and drumsticks are symbols of public notification of the Army’s purpose and intent to serve the Nation and the American people. The Phrygian cap supported on the point of an unsheathed sword and the motto “This We’ll Defend” on a scroll held by the rattlesnake, symbolize the Army’s constant readiness to defend and preserve the Constitution. Army Strong, Happy Birthday Army!
Two hundred and thirty-eight 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 238th 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 in a Nation that wishes to live up to the ideals and vision of its founders. We are “America’s Army: The Strength of the Nation.”
I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.