Two historic, patriotic events were celebrated this week, both occurring on Tuesday the 14th. First, the 236th anniversary of the founding of the United States Army, which began June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress established the infantry with six-companies of expert riflemen, to be commanded and expanded by General George Washington. From the Revolutionary War to the present, America's Army has always stood-strong in the face of tyranny and evil. And shoulder-to-shoulder with our Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard, the Army has remained, to this day, and will beyond, steadfast in defense of America. Appropriate for the Army's birthday, on Monday, two Special Forces NCO's were awarded the Silver Star for personal valor in separate actions against radical terrorism. On this anniversary, our thanks to all active-duty, guard, and reserve Army personnel, along with our treasured veterans and retirees, who've sacrificed much, in order to serve and protect our great nation.