R 131746Z JUN 19
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/US ARMY BIRTHDAY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On 14 June, the United States Army celebrates 244 years of dedicated service to our great Nation. Today, we honor America's Soldiers on the occasion of this anniversary.
2. Since 1775, Soldiers and Marines have shared the battlefield in some of our Nation's most crucial battles. Together, Soldiers and Marines served alongside General George Washington as he crossed the Delaware; fought the bloody battle for Belleau Wood during World War I; took back Okinawa in the Second World War; and weathered the desperate cold of the Chosin Reservoir and the steaming jungles of Vietnam. For more than a decade, U.S. Soldiers and Marines proved that the desert of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan were no match for American courage, skill, and determination.
3. American Soldiers have built an impressive legacy of prowess and bravery on the battlefield, as well as compassion following natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Today, America's Army is the world's finest – globally recognized for first-rate training, skill, and technological achievements.
4. Marines take great pride in standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our Army comrades on any battlefield. As our Nation commemorates the Army's 244th birthday, we honor the service and sacrifice each Soldier has made in the defense of freedom.
5. Happy birthday, Soldiers! Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//