Friday, June 16, 2006

231st Birthday for the United States Army

The following is a statement by Chuck Hagel in the congressional record on the 231st birthday of the U.S. Army.
“Mr. President. I rise today to wish the United States Army happy birthday. It was 231 years ago today, June 14, 1775, that the Continental Army of the United States was formed.

Over the past 231 years, millions of men and women have served in the oldest branch of our armed forces. Their honor, courage, sacrifice and service are the foundation of America’s greatness.

The Army principles of “Duty, Honor, Country” is America. Every generation of Americans who have served in the United States Army – from the Continental Army to our fighting men and women serving today in Iraq and Afghanistan – have been shaped by these principles. The United States Army has shaped lives just as it has shaped our history. The United States Army has protected our democracy and helped make the world more secure, peaceful, and prosperous.

On this 231st birthday of the United States Army, we also recognize and thank the individuals who have sacrificed and served our country. They inspire us and will continue to serve as role models for future generations.

Happy Birthday to the United States Army. And, in the Army’s great rich tradition and as a proud Army veteran, I proclaim my annual Senate floor... HOOAH!”
From Southwest Nebraska News

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