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The United States Army Celebrates Its 244th Birthday

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On June 14, 1775, the country’s first Continental Army was founded, creating a defense force under the leadership of commander in chief, war hero and then-future President George Washington.

The United States will be celebrating the country’s 244th anniversary of having a defense force that protects the nation from opposing countries and enemies. From the Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II and many other important engagements throughout American history, our country’s military has been there.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his gratitude Friday.

The Second Continental Congress founded the army, stressing the importance of protecting their own home turf and beginning to build a national powerhouse.

The U.S. army later transitioned away from the draft process in 1973, switching over to a volunteer format that is still in place today. Currently, more than 1 million troops put their lives on the line to protect this country’s freedom every single day.

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Without that decision back in 1775, things might be extremely different today. We remember and celebrate all the people that made this country the way it is through the dedication of our nation’s military.

Here are some of the best stories celebrating our troops, no matter which branch of the military:

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Air Force Veteran Would Have Been Buried Alone — But St. Louis Had Other Ideas

U.S. Army Going Way Back To Classic Design of WWII Uniforms

Here Are The Best Photos From The D-Day Memorial In Normandy

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