Friday, June 14th, I was privileged to join with Georgia Southern University's nationally-recognized Army ROTC unit, administrators, honored veterans, and friends to celebrate the 238th Anniversary of the founding of the United States Army. It was on June 14, 1775, that Congress authorized the formation of 10 rifle companies, becoming America's Continental Army, with orders to make its way to Boston in support of the New England militia, already there, and awaiting inevitable further engagement with the British, as skirmishes between the two adversaries had already begun. The next day, June 15th, Congress chose General George Washington as the Army's first Commander-in-Chief, a brilliant selection, as the outcome of the American Revolution, and long-term historic analysis, have repeatedly shown.
With July 4th soon upon us, the words of a former Navy SEAL succinctly summarize the relationship, from the outset, between the securing of liberty and our Army. Wrote he: "It was not the Declaration of Independence that gave us our freedom, but the Continental Army. America was born from conflict, delivered by soldiers willing to pay with their blood, the tremendous cost of freedom." And so it has remained, throughout all generations since. Both our liberty and sovereignty have been steadfastly defended and preserved by, not only our courageous soldiers, but with the service and sacrifice of their brave Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard brethren, as well. Fortunate are we, now some 238-years later, to have been so well served and protected, by those of our countrymen, willing to stand, and shield us, from the evil that persistently threatens, on the front lines of our freedom.