The Association of the U.S. Army, West/Central Alabama Chapter, in partnership with the Tuscaloosa Sons of the American Revolution, is hosting the 243rd United States Army Birthday at the U.S. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse (Room 1502, 2005 University Blvd.) beginning at 3:30 p.m.
A cake cutting ceremony, a time-honored tradition, will take place. The highest and lowest ranking members in attendance cut the cake together with an Army saber—which serves as a reminder that the Army is a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword at every turn.
The Army’s birthday is marked on the day that Second Continental Congress authorized the Continental Army – a force formed by approximately 22,000 militiamen who were already gathered outside of Boston. In the first official U.S. Army instance of “hurry up and wait,” the now-official Army waited three weeks to nominate General George Washington to formally take command on July 3, 1775.
Each year, as the Army celebrates another year of doing its part to protect the country, they look to the past and recognize the sacrifices of those who have come before.