R 101457Z JUN 21
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/U.S. ARMY BIRTHDAY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of the Marine Corps, I extend best wishes and congratulations to our fellow warfighters of the United States Army on the occasion of their 246th birthday.
2. Founded on 14 June 1775, the American Army is older than the Nation it so proudly serves. Today, we take the opportunity to recognize and honor our sister Service, the U.S. Army, and our compatriots, American Soldiers. This year marks not only the 246th anniversary of the Army, but also 20 years of continuous service in the Global War on Terrorism. For two decades, Soldiers have deployed to Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East to defend the Nation and its interests against those who would do us harm. They have endured untold hardships, suffered grievous injuries, and thousands have made the ultimate sacrifice. The youngest members now serving in the Army have never known a time when their Nation was not at war, and yet they willingly put service ahead of self. Their commitment, and that of their families, is the very definition of selflessness, patriotism, and duty. Regardless of background, all have dedicated themselves to carrying on the traditions and responsibilities of the U.S. Army. The U.S. Army has a proud heritage, stretching back nearly two and a half centuries, and is a critical part of the bedrock of the United States. We are proud to serve alongside you.
3. Semper Fidelis, David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//