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Posted on 06/13/2006 5:26:10 PM PDT by SandRat
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 12, 2006) Cake-cutting ceremonies, balls, special concerts and Soldier appreciation days will take place throughout the Army and around the world this week in honor of the Armys 231st birthday.
This years theme is Call to Duty Boots on the Ground.
To all of our Soldiers around the world, our thoughts are with you and your families on this 231st Army Birthday. We are humbled by your sacrifices and awed by your achievements, said Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey.
The celebration kicked off June 10 with the Army Birthday Ball in Washington, D.C.s Hilton. Sponsored by the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, on behalf of the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army, the ball featured performances by the USO Liberty Belles, the Jazz Ambassadors, the Volunteers, the Soldiers Chorus and Army Soldier Show Alumni.
Celebrations will continue 8 a.m. June 14 at Arlington National Cemetery. Army senior leadership will pay tribute to the nation's fallen heroes by placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
A cake-cutting ceremony will take place 11 a.m. in the Pentagon courtyard, following a 10:30 performance by the U.S. Army Chorale. Josh Gracin, country music singer known for being an American Idol finalist, will continue the event with a noon performance.
Interactive displays will be available in the courtyard from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Program Executive Office will showcase the Land Warrior, body armor, and other modern equipment and concepts. The Natick Soldier Center will showcase the Future Force Warrior and Future Concept Warrior.
In the event of inclement weather, the Pentagon ceremony, performances and displays will move to the Concourse.
A second cake-cutting ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
A Twilight Tattoo will culminate the days celebrations at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long sunset military pageant featuring Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) to include: the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Drill Team, the U.S. Army Band Blues Jazz Ensemble, and the U.S. Army Chorale.
A Senate and House cake-cutting ceremony will take place 11 a.m. June 15. Army officials will recognize the heroic contributions of Army units toward the Global War on Terror by announcing the award of campaign participation credit to eligible Army units that served and/or are serving in the theater of operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Three new streamers will be awarded to qualifying units: one for service in Afghanistan, one for service in Iraq and one for service in other geographic regions outside of Iraq and Afghanistan, such as Kuwait, Qatar or the Horn of Africa.
Army birthday celebrations will conclude with a Headquarters, Department of Army Birthday Run 7:30 a.m. June 16 at Fort Myer.
You're invited to a Birthday Celebration!
SENIOR SERVICE SALUTE!!
MACV, Class of '71
Thank you for your service!
Thanks for the ping Tonk!
Happy Birthday Army!
Happy Birthday US Army and my brothers and sisters around the world, those who fly above it, and those who have given everything so we may be free!!!!
Thanks for the post.
Happy birthday to you Army, thanks for sailing with us!
Happy Birthday Army!
Happy Birthday DOGGIES!
MEL's -PASSION- sparked by -WE WERE SOLDIERS-
Happy Birthday Army, from a Jarhead, no less.
My dad was in the 28th ID during WWII. He always asked me how come it took me 25 years to make MSgt when he did it in two.
Of course, there were a lot of leadership openings in a WWII rifle platoon...
Happy birthday Army, but NAVY rules!
US Army, retired (1966-1995)
Field Artillery (17yrs), Military Intelligence (2yrs), Chaplain (10yrs)
Some very Real Blood Stripes in those days.
happy birthday, our prayers are with all our soldiers, here and foreward deployed. thank you for your service, you answered when called with honor and courage. HOOAH!
Happy Birthday y'all ...
Good luck to Sandy! God bless her and watch over her.
Happy Birthday, Army!
From a proud and grateful Screamin' Eagle Mom.
Happy Birthday, Army
And honors to my ancestor who joined the Philadelphia Militia in 1776, when he was fifteen years old, and marched on Trenton at Christmas. I don't know if he crossed the Delaware with Washington's troops, but like to think that he did.
The Tattoo at the Jefferson Memorial is an excellent way to spend a summer evening.
Happy B'Day Army!
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US: Happy Birthday And Love To Your Nation
Wednesday, 14 June 2006, 1:02 pm
Opinion: Kamala Sarup
US: Happy Birthday And Love To Your Nation
July 4 is the traditional date for celebrating the independence of the U.S.A. .
Trick question: When did the U.S. declare its independence from Great Britain?
Incorrect answer: July 4, 1776.
Correct answer: July 2, 1776.
Reason: The delegates voted for independence on July 2; therefore, independence was effective immediately. However, the documentation had to be formalized, which took 2 more days. It was publicized on July 4, which became the traditional date for observing independence.
It is one thing to declare independence and another thing to achieve it, since G.B. considered this act one many in its rebellious colonies that had to be supressed. A long and bloody war was waged before the U.S. was able to defeat the British in a final victory in 1781. The Peace Treaty of 1783 between the two countries officially made the U.S. independent in fact.
Congress approves a Resolution of Independence introduced on June 7 by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. At this time, from the American point of view, the colonies cease to exist; that is, they are now independent (sovereign) states. However, Great Britain views them as rebellious colonies and attempts during the next five years to subdue them with force.
An American researcher Norm Stanly stated with me "Although I am mildly patriotic. From my readings in history, no country is a paradise, so I try to see the good and bad in every government and economy, including the USA.
If you see the Parliament of England (after March 26, 1707, Great Britain) passes a series of laws that favor its manufacturing and trading companies and raise government duty revenues at the expense of its colonies. These are collectively known as the Navigation Acts. During the same period, extensions of two British Currency Acts limit the amount of coinage in the colonies and prohibit their coining of money, which inhibit intercolonial trade. These laws cause discontent among the American colonies, particularly the 13 along the Atlantic seaboard, since they adversely affect their manufacturing and commerce.
Stanly said " On April 19, 1775, Revolutionary War begins with the battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, between about 4,000 patriot ("rebel") minutemen and militia and about 1,800 British troops. And June 14, at the same year congress adopts the New England and New York forces and appoints a committee to draft regulations for a Continental Army. It authorizes 10 companies of riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. This is the birthday of the U.S. Army and the Army Infantry. June 17, battle of Bunker Hill between about 2,000 patriots and 2,500 British troops occurs.
Patriots are forced to withdraw because of lack of ammunition after inflicted heavy losses on the British. This battle convinces Britain that defeating the rebels will not be easy. On October 13, congress authorizes the fitting out of two vessels to intercept ships carrying suppplies to British forces. This is the birthday of the U.S. Navy. November 10, congress authorizes two marine battalions. This is the birthday of the Marine Corps.
Independenc day and love to the nation is important in a democracy. Since many Americans had strong beliefs, independency day is necessary to protect American values.
Independenc day making the country strong and safer. The connection between Independence Day and the nation is that they use the values. But In the U.S., there were many stresses on democracy. The slavery issue was the most significant and bloody and almost resulted in the U.S. becoming two countries, North and South of the 36th latitude in the 1860s.
In the last half of the 19th century in the U.S., excessive wealth and power concentration associated with industrial development resulted in many bloody work stoppages and strikes.
In the U.S. in the 19th century, democracy worked to the excessive advantage of a privileged group only but gradually it was reformed so that the people at the bottom gained some share in wealth.
Happy 231st Birthday US Army.
Amazing story! Thanks! Where you been, girl?
Happy Birthday Army.
Josh Gracin, alright!