U.S. Army “Colors” by Ken Riley
The Army’s Birthday:
14 June 1775
When the American Revolution broke out, the rebellious colonies did not possess an army in the modern sense. Rather, the revolutionaries fielded an amateur force of colonial troops, cobbled together from various New England militia companies. They had no unified chain of command, and although Artemas Ward of Massachusetts exercised authority by informal agreement, officers from other colonies were not obligated to obey his orders. The American volunteers were led, equipped, armed, paid for, and supported by the colonies from which they were raised.
In the spring of 1775, this “army” was about to confront British troops near Boston, Massachusetts. The revolutionaries had to re-organize their forces quickly if they were to stand a chance against Britain’s seasoned professionals. Recognizing the need to enlist the support of all of the American seaboard colonies, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress appealed to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia to assume authority for the New England army. Reportedly, at John Adams’ request, Congress voted to “adopt” the Boston troops on June 14, although there is no written record of this decision. Also on this day, Congress resolved to form a committee “to bring in a draft of rules and regulations for the government of the Army,” and voted $2,000,000 to support the forces around Boston, and those at New York City. Moreover, Congress authorized the formation of ten companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, which were directed to march to Boston to support the New England militia.
George Washington received his appointment as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army the next day, and formally took command at Boston on July 3, 1775.
John R. Maass
US Army Center of Military History
On this day in 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental
Congress, the flag of the United States was adopted. In honor
of our flag, on Flag Day, we offer this recitation.
by John Jay Daly, c. 1918
“A Toast to the Flag”
Here’s to the red of it;
There’s not a thread of it —
No nor a shred of it —
In all the spread of it,
From foot to head,
But heroes bled for it,
Faced steel and lead for it —
Precious blood shed for it,
Bathing it red.
Here’s to the white of it;
Thrilled by the sight of it,
Who knows the right of it
But has felt the might of it
Through day and night?
Womanhood’s care for it
Made manhood dare for it;
Purity’s prayer for it
Kept it so white
Here’s to the blue of it,
Heavenly view of it,
Star spangled hue of it,
Honesty’s due of it,
Constant and true;
Here’s to the whole of it —
Stars, stripes and pole of it —
Here’s to the soul of it,
Red white and blue.
Distributing American Legion Auxiliary Poppy’s at Bonnie Ruth’s restaurant in Frisco Texas.
During tonight’s council meeting, Mayor Maher Maso, with members of the City Council, honored the 98th Anniversary of the American Legion and wished our local American Legion, Peter J Courcy Post 178, Frisco, TX a happy third birthday. The American Legion is the nation’s largest organization of U.S. wartime veterans and their families – operating with the motto “Still Serving America”. We thank you for your service!
At tonight’s council meeting, Mayor Maher Maso declared today (Tuesday, March 21) “Yolian Ogbu Day” and “Lauren Keith Day”. Lauren Keith, a junior at Legacy Christian Academy, and Yolian Ogbu, a senior at Lone Star High School, were recognized for representing the local American Legion Post 178 in the American Legion Oratorical Contest, an academic speaking contest.
Post 178 has experienced outstanding growth during our 3 years of existence and we thank each of you for your continued membership and support. We are now over 285 members, still growing each day and we must continue to grow!
Our members are the #1 reason for our growth and we are asking each of you to continue to support the Post by recruiting just one new member.
Our Membership Committee led by Vice Commander Larry Marshall is ready to help you and can be contacted at email@example.com or 469-222-2333.
Thank you for your honorable service to America and your continued support of Post 178