By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery sent an email and video message to her constituents Wednesday to draw attention to the 237th birthday of the formation of the United States Army.
Representative Roby said, “The United States Army traces its history to ten companies of riflemen that answered the call for a Continental Army and enlisted on June 14, 1775. They instilled the Army mission to protect Americans against tyranny and injustice.”
Rep. Roby said, “Throughout its history, members of the United States Army have served our country at home and abroad, in defense of our nation and our allies around the world. The Army has played a significant role in every major U.S. military conflict.”
“June 14th marks the 237th birthday of the United States Army. I would like to take the time to thank the Army soldiers of today, and yesterday, who sacrifice so much for our great nation to preserve our freedoms we have today,” Rep. Roby said. “Today, more than half a million soldiers continue the rich traditions of the United States Army by serving in over 100 countries throughout the world. Here in our Second District, the soldiers of Ft. Rucker are achieving a level of success by serving both our community and our nation.”
The first fighting of the Revolutionary War was between British Army troops and colonial militia. There was no central command structure and each of the thirteen original colonies was responsible for training and equipping its own troops. On June 14th 1775, the Continental Congress created the Continental Army. On June 15th the Congress appointed French and Indian War veteran George Washington as the Army’s first Commander-in-Chief. The Army would go on to win the long and bloody Revolutionary War. Since then the Army has fought dozens of opponents all over the world often at great cost, including the current war in Afghanistan.
Congresswoman Martha Roby represents Alabama’s Second Congressional District. She is seeking her second term in the United States Congress. Her opponent in the November 6th General Election is Therese Ford (D).
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