Army of the Free

243 Years. That a pretty good chunk of history. Especially if you’ve spent it on point, dying for what you believe, like these guys.

243 years ago (yesterday) a little group of men formed an institution, it was called the Continental Army, at the time 243 years ago today, it would find it’s first great commander, a guy by the name of George Washington, as it learned about being an army, while in the field against the greatest empire in the world. But in a year the body it answered to decided we really were going to be a country when Thomas Jefferson told the world all about it. Eventually they ended up in winter quarters at a place in Pennsylvania called Valley Forge, and while they were there they learned quite a lot about being an army,

 

And so one fine day, the band played “The World Turned Upside Down”

And soon the old Confederation would be transformed into a real government, with a document that begins “We, the People”, and so, over time, the youngest country in the world would come to have the oldest continuous government in the world.

And over time the battle streamers would accumulate, Fallen Timbers, Tippecanoe, Lundy’s Lane and New Orleans, Vera Cruz and Mexico City. But then that army split, like the country it serves, and fought a war with itself. And being the army of the country that prides itself on being the most modern, perhaps it is fitting that it was the very first modern war, as well, but there were echoes of where we had been, and who we were.

And so, we spent 600,000 men to learn about modern war but eventually

But we were never the same again either, and we picked up some new music as well

But eventually as time passed by the Europeans decided they should try out this new style of war. It worked even worse for them so eventually we went and helped our friends out

And again a few years later

Always different, but always the same

And always expensive as well.

Being an American is often about change but, we have that luxury because we have the unchanging basics, Here’s General of the Army Douglas MacArthur

Happy Birthday, Army

This We’ll Defend

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5 Responses to Army of the Free

  1. Reblogged this on Boudica2015.

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  2. the unit says:

    We had Glenn Miller albums in our home. And I saw the movie. June Allyson was the very dream of the girl next door to dream about, not some Stormy hooker and present day Hollywood shoulda been dissected fetal globs, every gender and cross! 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Agree with it all. First time around that was the scene from the movie, sadly Warner Bros. had it pulled under copyright. But the music is still great. 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Didn’t get to think about the blog that much today to comment much.
    Wife grew up in Daytona Beach.
    Followed the news about the attack by Russian hackers.
    You know, the assault with the latest weapon.
    AR-C.
    Assault Roller-Coaster. 🙂
    (Thanks to some commenter from NYC @ Daily Mail for naming the terrible weapon)

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    • NEO says:

      Gotta pay attention all the time, it seems. Makes me weary! Roller Coaster will get cha. 🙂

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