U.S. Army 244th Birthday / Flag Day

 

244 Years Strong

THE U.S. ARMY

AMERICA’S FIRST NATIONAL INSTITUTION

 

Since its official establishment, June 14, 1775 — more than a year before the Declaration of Independence — the U.S. Army has played a vital role in the growth and development of the American nation. Drawing on both long-standing militia traditions and recently introduced professional standards, it won the new republic’s independence in an arduous eight-year struggle against Great Britain. At times, the Army provided the lone symbol of nationhood around which patriots rallied.

 

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO VIEW THESE TWO (2) VERY SHORT VIDEOS.  THANK YOU

 

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Tomorrow 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.”

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Military Humor –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Harold Amstutz – Deerfield, MI; US Army, WWII, ETO, 8/4th Infantry Division

Donald Buckley – Herkimer, NY; US Army, Korea, HQ Co./187th RCT

Thurman Childress – Stamford, TX; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, Co. E/188/11th Airborne Division

Valentine Ellis – Bothell, WA; US Army, WWII, ETO

Clyde Holcomb – Mobile, AL; US Army, WWII, ETO, 566th Anti-Aircraft Division, 3 Bronze Stars

Robert Mackey – North Bennington, VT; US Army Air Corps, WWII, Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.)

Sam Ostrow – Cincinnati, OH; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Milton Persin – Oak Brook, IL; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Harold Sanders – Hayesville, NC; US Army, WWII, ETO, Purple Heart

Walter Shamp – NY; US National Guard / US Army, WWII, 109/28th Division

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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 13, 2019, in Current News, Home Front, Korean War, Uncategorized, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 110 Comments.

  1. *salute*

    Thank you, Army! ❤ ❤

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  2. Commendable videos gp and further history on the Star Spangled Banner, be interesting to know where that 30 by 42 feet Banner now resides, also to learn the origins of the music to the Flag, can’t go wrong from taking it from an old drinking song.

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  3. A very Great video’s and special” flag day”

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  4. Sorry, I’m taking so long to get caught up with different blog posts I’ve missed.
    Bill served under General Lucky while he was at Ft. Bragg, as did our son.
    Our son was also born on Flag Day. Bill was hoping for that, though he won’t admit it (Basically because he knew I was miserable what with being overdue in such a hot, humid climate where we lived!).
    Great post, as usual!
    Blessings~ :us:

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    • Thank you for giving us a family story – you know we always love those! Please shake both your husband’s hand and your son’s for me and thank them for being there for us!! I know how uncomfortable it must be to be pregnant in summer, I was born in August and my mother told me how uncomfortable she was. 🙂

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  5. Sorry, I’m having a bit of trouble with my WP Site… trying to fix it. ♥️Hugs!

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  6. Also, Go Airborne! You Rock!

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  7. Go Army! You Rock!
    Red, White, and Blue;
    to these colors I am true.
    HOOAH!!!

    Thank you for this post ~

    Tamara (Nika)

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  8. Wishing our Army and our country the all the best on this special day!

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  9. Amen-Amein!! 💜💕 GOD BLESS ALL our Veterans who served and all our Veterans who Died in action!!

    I am Pro-Israel-Yisrael / Pro-Zionism / Pro-Christian and Jewish People / Pro-USA Capitalism and Constitution / PRO-LIFE!!

    I am a Devout Christian Conservative Republican Patriot in our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America and I STAND with the Holy Land of Israel-Yisrael!!

    Love 💕 Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  10. Powerful, GP. I have been binge-watching “Turn – Washington’s spies” (compelling historical fiction about the Revolutionary War). The series prompted me to read the actual history by Alexander Rose on which it was based. Countless sacrifices in blood, toil, and treasure have been made for this nation, since it was founded. Freedom has never been free. Those of us who daily benefit from those sacrifices must not forget that.

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  11. Thanks for sharing the two videos; they are very good.

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  12. Seeing the flag flying in the breeze always warms my heart. It speaks to me of freedom.

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  13. This is absolutely fascinating. So pleased the country still respects its achievements and service. If I remember my history the British Army was formed something like 1660. Recently we have an Armed Forces day which is well supported.

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  14. Sorry to be late, GP. Thank you for virtually waving Old Glory — on Flag Day and every day. Hugs on the wing!

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  15. A great day! 🙂

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  16. Thank you for a heartwarming tribute, GP; it makes me proud to be a US citizen. Happy Flag Day!

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  17. Wonderful! Happy Birthday US ARMY and our Beautiful Flag! Happy Flag Day!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  18. Happy Flag Day, GP! Michael

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  19. 🇺🇸🇺🇸Happy Birthday US Army and Happy Flag Day!🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  20. Thanks for calling attention to this holiday (if only in PA).

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  21. Terrific! Terrific! Terrific! As a former US Army reservist, I salute you and admire you for your truly patriotic posts. Keep up the good work.

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    • Thank you very much! Your opinion as a veteran means a great deal. I do apologize though for not having a U.S. Army Reserve birthday post, I believe is 23 April. Quite negligent on my part.

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  22. Reblogged this on Rosalinda R Morgan and commented:
    Happy Flag Day and Happy Birthday U.S. Army!

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  23. Reblogged this on The Tactical Hermit and commented:
    Superb Combo Post by GP over at Pacific Paratrooper. If you have not subscribed to this blog, do it now…FANTASTIC!

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  24. Happy flag day to all you Americans wherever you may be hanging your flag!

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  25. Happy Birthday U.S. Army
    Happy Flag Day

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  26. When I was in sixth grade, my class did a whole play on Flag Day, starting with Betsy Ross and on to the Star Spangled Banner, etc. We sang patriotic songs. That was 1964. A different time in so many ways.

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  27. It has always been easy to remember my sister’s birthday since it is on Flag Day!

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  28. Happy Birthday US ARMY!

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  29. Happy Flag day Colonial brethren! 😉

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  30. I will celebrate by putting up my Guam and USA flag on my wall this afternoon. Forever faithful.

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  31. Flags up and flying from the porch!

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  32. Terrific post, GP. Thank you. The videos were great.

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  33. Happy 244th Birthday!

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  34. Great info GP. I have three flags: one with the thirteen stars in a circle, another one with the union jack in one corner and the current flag. I don’t have a flag pole so I hang them over the railing of my second floor terrace on July 4 but only the current flag on Flag day and the other holidays. Maybe it should be the other way around.

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  35. A British drinking song! I had no idea.

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  36. Happy Birthday to your Army, GP. 🙂
    I watched both the videos, and hope that all your service people are enjoying the celebrations today.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  37. Flags already are appearing around here. Our town doesn’t put them out for Flag Day, but does put them up around town a few days before Memorial Day, and then leaves them for several days after. I enjoyed the videos, too — your reminders are always spot-on.

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  38. Lovely post, GP. Happy Flag Day to you. She’s a grand old flag, a high flying flag and forever in peace may she wave (The peace part doesn’t happen much.)

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  39. Thanks for pointing to the great videos.

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  40. Ah, well, something good came out of the war of independence

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