U.S. Army Birthday & Flag Day 2018

243RD Army Birthday

Headquarters Department of the Army is celebrating the Army’s 243rd birthday during the week of 10-16 June 2018 with numerous ceremonies and events. Highlighted celebrations are Army Day with the Nationals on 10 June; Twilight Tattoo hosted by the Sergeant Major of the Army on 13 June; a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on 14 June; the Pentagon Army Birthday Celebration also on 14 June; and culminating with the Army Birthday Ball on 16 June 2018.

 

 

Today is also Flag Day, an annual observance of the Second Continental Congress’ official adoption of the stars and stripes in 1777. At the time, they “resolved that the flag of the 13 United States” be represented by 13 alternating red and white stripes and the union by 13 white stars in a blue field, “representing a new constellation.” Now, more than 200 years later and with an updated design, the flag is an American icon.  Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is the only state to recognize it as a legal holiday.

As national treasures go, it was a bargain: $405.90 was paid to Mary Pickersgill of Baltimore, who fashioned it from red, blue and undyed wool, plus cotton for the 15 stars to fly at the fortress guarding the city’s harbor. An enormous flag, 30 by 42 feet, it was intended as a bold statement to the British warships that were certain to come.  And, when in September 1814, the young United States turned back the invaders in a spectacular battle witnessed by Francis Scott Key, he put his joy into a verse published first as “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” and then, set to the tune of a British drinking song – immortalized as “The Star Spangled Banner.”

 

STOP IN AND HEAR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM !!

 

 

If you live outside the U.S., and you also live free – display your flag as proudly as I do mine and enjoy your day!!

 

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Military Humor –

 

‘And this one’s for humor in the line of duty.’

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Farewell Salutes –

Alexander Conrad – Chandler, AZ ; US Army, Somalia, SSgt. 1/3rd Special Ops Forces Group, KIA

James Furcinito – Syracuse, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 11th Airborne Division

Paul Gilman – Belen, NM; USMC, WWII, M/3/8th Marines, KIA (Tarawa)

Leonard Grossman – NYC, NY; US Army, WWII

Delbert Hawkins – Augusta, KS; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO

Jack Kill – Yorktown, VA; US Army, WWII

Emil Lake – Great Falls, MT; US Army, Vietnam

Herbert ‘Mac’ McDaniel – Malvern, AR; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, Capt., / Korea, Lt. Col.

Gordon Schofield – Montreal, CAN/FL; US Air Force

Edward Thomas – Minneapolis, MN; US Army, “Bird Dog” pilot

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on June 14, 2018, in Current News, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 89 Comments.

  1. A happy belated birthday to our Army! I am just catching up again, GP.

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  3. What a nice tribute to our flag, our country, and all those who fought to protect it.

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  4. Amen-Amein!! GOD Bless All our Veterans from the Past and Present!!

    Love Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  5. I like the concept of National Flag day, and proud of our American Allies for their great respect to their Country and Flag.
    Would love to see your Military Tattoo by your Sergeant Major of the Army, am very sure it would be an outstanding display.
    Cheers.

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  6. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    I had planned to reblog this earlier, but it’s still good even a bit late.

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  7. Happy Birthday Army!

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  8. Respect for the USA army.Belgium people never forget they have done a lot for us in the war rand

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  9. Salute to the US Army; happy Birthday!

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  10. God Bless our military and vets!

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  11. No nation is as proud of their flag as the US. Sadly it seems though there are those who wish to change that. Long may it fly as a sign of peace, and a nation proud of its history and constitution. Have a great day GP.

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  12. I noticed in the farewell salutes a man from Smitty’s unit making his final bow.

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    • I’m afraid so, Beari. As an Associate member of the 11th A/B Association, I receive their newspaper quarterly and it tears my heart out to read the “Taps” column.

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  13. I have a friend who does an excellent program on the history of our flag, called “The Many Faces of Old Glory”. Watch for a post about Vane Scott and his flag story soon.

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  14. A salute to you for honoring the Flag today, GP! 🙂

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  15. I’m glad you are still keeping the fires going. I haven’t seen “Beetle Bailey” cartoon strip for ages. Miss those great cartoon strips. That’s all we read on Saturday…well…just me! 💖

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  16. Happy Birthday US Army and everyone who has served!!!
    Happy Flag Day!!! I will forever get tears in my eyes when I look at our flag and hear our National Anthem! (That young man has a beautiful voice!)
    Thank you for this post, GP!
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…Yes, gotta’ that humor in the forefront! 😉 😀

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  17. Beetle Bailey always gives us a laugh! Happy Flag Day! And Happy birthday US Army!

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  18. Very interesting, I didn’t know there was a flag celebration day.

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  19. I didn’t know very much about your flag so thanks a lot for sharing it with us. I did enjoy too the cartoon with the joke medal that squirted water!

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  20. Happy Birthday also from here, and thank you for the information, GP! Michael

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  21. Happy Birthday US Army 🇱🇷 and great post my friend as always Ian

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  22. It’s a bright sunny day here – lots of flags flying in a stiff breeze.

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  23. I’m ready, GP. Another great post I’ve RT and FB’d.

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  24. Wonderful post, GP, we proudly fly our flag.

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  25. A sudden jolt to remond us that history is still relatively young. Also noted in your list of the dearly departed that the first A Conrad served in Solmalia, I’m just thinking that perhaps he wasn’t as old as some?

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  26. Happy Flag Day! And what happened to the Betsy Ross story?

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  27. Great Post GP. I always display our flag on June 14 even while living in NY. I just did mine today.

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  28. Long may it wave, GP. Loved Beetle’s cartoon. Hugs.

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  29. Thank you for another fascinating history lesson. Wave your flag proudly:)

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  30. Happy Birthday Army! Goooooo Navy!

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  31. It’s not a formal holiday here, but I noticed yesterday that more than the usual number of flags are flying. Now you’ve reminded me of the reason ~ thank you for that. I’m finally home after a visit to family, and my house guests are gone, so I’m getting back into my routines — including writing. A next post will go nicely with this theme, as it includes a flag-raising ceremony.

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  32. Congratulations to your Army on its anniversary, GP. And I am sure many flags are flying proudly over there today.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  33. A High School guy with a voice like that? God gifted him… Didn’t see any hands over hearts among the team; just arms locked.
    So are the Colts libtards as are so many in the NFL?

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  34. It is good to see that someone remembers what day it is….kudos my friend….chuq

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