We celebrate Army Day on April 6. It is an annual celebration to honor the brave souls who risk their lives to protect our borders and our national interests everywhere on the globe. A military job is tough, life is on the line, and there will always be an air of uncertainty. Those who choose a military life might find themselves in hostile foreign lands defending their lives and their nation’s pride. Every citizen has to honor the role of the army and appreciate the efforts of every officer. Army Day celebrates the efforts of one of the most important professions in the country and their efforts for the nation.
History of Army Day
What is it like to live in a world without weapons and armies? It is a question to ponder deeply. But we do not know exactly what it would be like, because we have never seen such a world in the history of life on earth. The conflict for dominance started the moment life began on earth. As life began to flourish and take on more complex forms, this conflict only became more chaotic.
As humans evolved, so did our means to create and resolve conflicts. Armies were thus created to create and end conflicts. Historians believe the Akkadian Empire was the first to have a standing army ready for battle. Over time, other empires also caught up. European and Asian empires raised huge armies to protect their land and invade others. Colonization and global explorations brought Europeans to the American land in search of wealth and glory. With them, they brought the idea of massive armies to the American continent as well.
The Second Continental Congress created the modern U.S. Army on June 14, 1775. It was during the American revolution. The Second World War showed weakness in the army’s preparedness during the initial stages of the war. Military Order of the World War under Colonel Thatcher Luquer established Army Day after Congress disallowed Defense Test Day. The date was initially on May 1 and then changed to April 6. The U.S. Army is a symbol of courage, valor, and sacrifice in the face of conflict. They fight valiantly to protect the nation’s pride throughout the world. Throughout history, they became instrumental in making the U.S. one of the most important countries in the world. Army Day was introduced to draw public attention toward national defense and to raise public appreciation for the activities of the army.
Army Day timeline
The Continental Army is formed to fight the American Revolutionary War.
The U.S. Army is formed to replace the disbanded Continental Army.
The U.S. enters World War II in response to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour.
The U.S. Army engages in the Vietnam War against public opinion.
Army Day FAQs
How big is the U.S. Army today?
The combined-component strength of the U.S. Army is 1,005,725 soldiers.
Why do we celebrate Armed Forces Day?
Armed Forces Day is a day to honor all of the men and women currently serving and those who have served.
How many types of soldiers are there?
The U.S. Armed Forces are made up of six military branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and, most recently, Space Force.
How to Observe Army Day
Wear army colors
Wear army colors to show your appreciation. Take some photos and share images on social media to create awareness.
Contact a military friend
Call your friends or anyone you know who works in the army. Tell them that their work is meaningful and means a great deal to you.
Share facts about the army
The U.S. Army has a long and interesting history. Post about its history and activities on social media for others to learn and understand its value.
5 Facts About The U.S. Army
It has a huge population
If the U.S. Army was a city, it would be the tenth-largest in the U.S., with over a million population.
It is as large as a state
The Army owns land that, when combined, would be larger than Hawaii and Massachusetts.
The first woman to enlist
Deborah Sampson posed as a man and enlisted in the Army in 1781, becoming the first woman to serve.
U.S. Army bases in Germany
There are eight U.S. Army bases in Germany.
The use of dogs in the Army
Hundreds of dogs in the U.S. Army are all considered noncommissioned officers.
Why Army Day is Important
The Army is a protective force
The Army protects the nation from foreign threats against its territory and national interests. Without the Army, the nation would go into chaos.
We admire their courage
Working in the Army is a demanding job. We admire the courage and sacrifice of each officer and their unwavering duty toward the nation.
The best in the world
Our Army is one of the largest in the world. It is so large that our navy alone comes in the top five forces of the world.
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