June 14, 2010, - 1:17 pm

Happy Flag Day, America & Happy B-Day, US Army

By Debbie Schlussel

June 14th is always a two-fer:  Flag Day and the birthday of the U.S. Army.  (I am a proud Army family member.)

My Two Fave Flag Pics:

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Iwo Jima, 1945

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World Trade Center, Post 9/11 Attack, 2001

It’s truly auspicious, that, on this day, we celebrate both the flag that stands for our country and its freedoms, but also the men who serve in one of our military branches to protect us and those freedoms.

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My Dad’s Army Uniform From During Vietnam

As I’ve written before,

whether or not you believe the whole Betsy Ross story is true, what counts is what our flag stands for. It stands for America, for freedom, and for the men who died so we could have it and continue to have it.

We have the most beautiful national flag in the world. Forever may it wave.

And a proud salute to the men who serve to protect the flag and what it stands for, including those in the U.S. Army who celebrate its 235th birthday, today.

I am especially a fan of the Army because my Dad served in the Army during Vietnam and my Great Uncle Maurice was a career Army man who served during World War II and became head of Veteran’s Services for the South Pacific under the Veteran’s Administration.

As I’ve noted before:

The Army is older than our country, founded on June 14, 1775, when soldiers banded together in the Continential Army, an all-volunteer force to fight for America’s independence in the Revolutionary War

I love the “U.S. Army Warrior Ethos/Soldiers’ Creed“:

I am an American Soldier.

I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.

Here’s to another 235 years. And many more after that.

Read all about the U.S. Army military history.

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13 Responses

God Bless the Army and the USA.

As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    AMEN!

    JeffE on June 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm

and what does the lord god hosanna obama the magnificent have to say of this day

he makes a self indulgent and glorifying speech nearly every day

i want to hear what his motor mouth has to say on flag day

the same flag he will not salute or acknowledge

elmer bittlinger on June 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Great stuff Debbie!!!!! and greetings from TORONTO and best wishes to all my American brothers and sisters on this special day!!!!! Keep up the great work Debbie – GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

BIG IRISH on June 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I’ve known a few excellent Army doctors and I’m sure you’re very proud of your dad’s service. It’s kind of nauseating that we’ve come full circle from fine medical corps (as Obama would pronounce, “corpse”) members such as Dr. Schlussel to the murderous muslim *redundant, I know) scum like “Dr.” Malik Nadal Hassan.

DS_ROCKS! on June 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Happy Birthday to the US ARMY! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Terri on June 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Let’s not forget the Oath that all US Amy Officers take:

“I, _____ , having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

Once again that’s “against all enemies, foreign or DOMESTIC”

Capt. Tuttle on June 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I can’t imagine a worse job than being a military “corpse-man,”
in the theater of combat. DS, I salute your Dad, my deceased Dad (Army-Korean War), and all the Dads and Mom’s serving in the Army/Military…Thank you.

Patrick on June 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm

From an old celebrity who learned to honor his flag and Country:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZBTyTWOZCM

Not many of today’s celebrities would dare stand up for our Nation.

ender on June 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Thank you for your families service. In Vietnam there were very few “rear” areas that were not subject to mortar or rocket attacks at any time day or night. Being a doctor in Vietnam could be as dangerous as any GI patrolling in the boonies.

kenny komodo on June 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Gotta wonder if Obama actually knows of Flag Day? …My son has worked with vets at a VA hospital and says they are the greatest. And the ones from WWII? He says “There’ll never be any guys like those guys again. Ever.”

Not Ovenready on June 15, 2010 at 1:28 am

Great post. You always got some of the best patriotic posts.

CaliforniaScreaming on June 15, 2010 at 2:42 am

Great post. However, Marines (and sailors, of course) fought on and around Iwo Jima. The flag on that island was hoisted by members of those services…not the U.S. Army (who, of course, fought heroically in the European theater).

J: I put those pics up b/c they are my two fave American flag pics, in light of the Flag Day part of the post. Sorry for the confusion, but I did not mean to imply that Army members hoisted the flag on Mount Suribachi @ Iwo Jima. DS

Jarim23 on June 15, 2010 at 3:01 am

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