The U.S. Army was established on June 14, 1775, and this year marks 246 years of the Army’s legacy of service to the nation. That day in 1775 , the Second Continental Congress authorized the first regular U.S. fighting force, the Continental Army. During this year’s Army Birthday observance, the Army will focus on its people and their accomplishments. No matter the challenges the Army has faced along with our nation, Army Soldiers and Civilians have had the courage and patriotism to answer the call to serve. Below is a list of this year’s Army Birthday events that will champion stories of bravery, patriotism, and legacy of service.
MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2021
- 9 a.m. *Virtual Event* – Army Birthday Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery. The wreath-laying ceremony is a tradition that honors the service and sacrifice of our fallen service members and the legacy they left behind. This annual event will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and will be live-streamed; you may watch it on the Military District of Washington Facebook page and the U.S. Army Twitter page here.
- 10 a.m. *Virtual Event* -The 2021 Army Birthday Showcase: Honoring the Courage of the American Soldier – Join us in celebrating 246 years of courage that our Soldiers have demonstrated while defending our great nation. You may watch on the U.S. Army social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. *Virtual Event* Cake-cutting and Reenlistment Ceremony – Come celebrate with us as 10 Soldiers join us in the National Capital Region and 50 Soldiers join virtually from Forts Bragg, Drum, Campbell, Hood, and Stewart; these Soldiers will reaffirm their oath to the constitution during a mass reenlistment. You may watch on the U.S. Army social media pages: Twitter, LinkedIn.
- 7 p.m. *Hybrid Event* – Army Day with the Nationals at Nationals Park – This is an annual event as part of the Washington, D.C. Nationals’ salute to the services. This year, it will involve video performances of the U.S. Army Drill Team and Army Senior Leader shout-outs. It will also involve an Army color guard, Army chorus, and an Army Senior leader to announce, “Play Ball!” The Nationals will play the Pittsburgh Pirates, and you may watch the game on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
For a video on the US Army’s Birthday, click here https://youtu.be/i8C527lqoDo