June 14, 2018, marks the 243rd birthday of the United States Army. Created on June 14, 1775, the Army is the oldest of the four American military branches and holds a long and rich history. On this day, we celebrate the creation of the Army, its history, and the heroism and strength of its members.
Trivia: From General to POTUS
Eleven Army generals have gone on to become the President of the United States: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. No Navy Admiral, Air Force General, or Marine Corps General has ever been elected president.
The US Army was originally in charge of exploring and mapping America and all of its newly acquired territories; the Lewis and Clark expedition was an Army-directed affair. Army officers were the first Americans to see the country’s most notable natural landmarks, such as the Grand Canyon, the Sierra Nevada, and Pike’s Peak.
The Branch’s Official Song
The Army was the last military branch to adopt an official song. Originally titled “The Caisson Song”, the lyrics reflected routine activities in a field artillery battery. This song was transformed to a march in 1917 and renamed “The Field Artillery Song”. On Veteran’s Day of 1956, the song was retitled “The Army Goes Rolling Along” and was declared as the branch’s official song. The tune is now played at the conclusion of every US Army ceremony.
Although the military has hugely evolved and grown throughout the years, some things never change. To be Army Strong is to have the integrity, self-discipline, devotion to duty, and leadership skills to bravely and proudly serve your country – this has remained true from the birth of the branch to today. While the equipment, technology, and uniforms may be different, the Army’s spirit, pride, and passion have remained unchanged by time.
Today, on the 243rd birthday of the US Army, we celebrate the creation of this heroic branch, and we honor its past and present members who have served to protect our freedom.