John W. Schneider III of Bristow, Virginia sends in an excellent tribute to our Army on its birthday:
June 14, 1775, the 2nd Continental Congress having determined that the events of April and May of 1775 represented more than a local rebellion of the Colony of Massachusetts, authorized the formation and provisioning of an official Continental Army.
The Congress, in doing so, actually established itself as the first government of the United States of America. The first commanding general was to the consternation of John Hancock and Charles Lee… Colonel George Washington of Virginia.
The US Army has been tiny and neglected more times in the history of this nation, than should have ever been allowed to happen. It has been outnumbered, out-skilled, out-equipped, and out-muscled until it gained its footing; however it has never been outsmarted, out maneuvered, or out lasted, by any army, save itself during the American Civil War.
Its only enemies have been the apathy of the American people that it so devotedly serves, and the American politicians who so often abuse and abandon it.
It has no peer in the history of the world. It is simply the best, ever in the history of mankind.