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Honor to Old Glory and the U.S. Army


Today, we honor the birth of two of the most revered symbols of our freedom, the American flag and the United States Army. The two have stood side by side since the founding days of our nation and we must never take either of them for granted.

Officially established on June 14, 1775, the Continental Army persevered for eight long years under the command of General George Washington to secure American independence and to give our nation its life. The soldiers who faithfully followed Washington dedicated themselves completely to our nation, and that remarkable standard of service has been sustained over time by preceding generations of American fighters. Two hundred forty-five years later, the spirit of Washington, Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman, John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur and George S. Patton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and countless other great Americans endures in the soldiers who currently form the greatest fighting force in the world.

Adopted as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, the Stars and Stripes have guided the soldiers of the U.S. Army and all who have served our nation across the battlefields of every major conflict in our nation’s history. From the desperate struggles of the American Revolution to bitter battles between the Blue and the Gray during the American Civil War, and in fights far from our shores from the two world wars to the present day, Old Glory has always been there, bearing witness to the events that have shaped our nation and eternally watching over those who gave the last full measure of devotion. By honoring our flag, we preserve our connection to those valiant guardians of liberty.

On this day of profound significance, we must always remember why the American flag should never be taken for granted. Old Glory is a timeless monument and the greatest reminder of the countless sacrifices that have been made for America and the liberty-loving people of the world.

Read about some of the greatest soldiers in American history and pivotal Army moments across the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II using the hyperlinks below.

American Revolution

Live to Fight Another Day: George Washington and the Continental Army Escape From Long Island.

George Washington and the Daring Campaign that Saved the American Revolution.

A Devil of a Whipping: Daniel Morgan and the Battle of Cowpens.

American Civil War

The Union Finds a Hero: Ulysses S. Grant and the Capture of Fort Donelson.

Sherman the Savior: Atlanta Falls to the Union.

Ride into Legend: Philip Sheridan at the Battle of Cedar Creek.

World War II

D-Day: The Great Crusade of World War II.

Battle of the Bulge: George S. Patton and the U.S. Army's Finest Hour of World War II.

To Hell and Back: The Epic Stand of Audie Murphy.