Gayle Anderson was live in West Los Angeles in celebration of Flag Day and The Army’s Birthday. Gayle speaks with Major General Megan Tatu about the Veterans Home of California celebrating the Army’s 238th Birthday.
Gayle Anderson was live in West Los Angeles in celebration of FLAG DAY AND THE ARMY’S BIRTHDAY.
Today is Flag Day, a national celebration of the nation’s flag. While Flag Day has been celebrated across the country as early as 1885, President Truman signed an Act of Congress on August 3rd, 1949, designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. June 14th was chosen because Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on this day in 1777. For more information about Flag Day, see www.nationalflagday.com and http://www.usflag.org/.
Also, today is also the 238th birthday of the United States Army, the senior branch of the Armed Forces. When the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, the original 13 colonies did not have a shared army, but rather a collection of independent colonial militias. The first battles of that war were fought by the Massachusetts militia. The Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia on May 10th, 1775 in order to create a common army to defend the colonies. On June 14th, the Congress approved the creation of the Continental Army, which was composed of some 22,000 militiamen already fighting in Massachusetts as well as about 5,000 in New York. On June 15th, the Congress named George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. In addition, the Congress voted to draft rules and regulations to govern the Army and voted to send $2 million to support the forces in Boston and New York City. (Army history is courtesy The Army News Service and John R. Maass of the U.S. Army Center for Military History.)
To honor this occasion, the U.S. Army is celebrating 238 years of service to our nation with Army veterans in Los Angeles, California. Today at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Home of California, West Los Angeles.
The ceremony will be attended by Maj. Gen. Megan Tatu, Commander 79th Sustainment Support Command; Ms. Bea Cohen (103 year-old WWII Army veteran); members of the American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization; veteran residents of the California Veterans Home; members of the American Legion Posts 283 and 43; and soldiers from the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
The United States Army is using its birthday as an opportunity to thank veterans whose service to the nation has helped the army reach this milestone, an anniversary older than the nation itself. Maj. Gen. Tatu and a representative from the Veterans Home of California, West Los Angeles make brief remarks recognizing the day, and currently serving Army soldiers serve a lunch mean to the veterans from across the Los Angeles community. WWII Army veteran Bea Cohen and Maj. Gen. Megan Tatu cut an army birthday cake.
Today’s Army birthday celebration is one of many events across the country that commemorates the U.S. Army’s 238 years of service.
National Flag Day is today, June 14th.
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