National Guard Celebrates 385th Birthday With Moving Tribute to Those Who Served

by Samantha Whidden
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On Monday (December 13th), the U.S. National Guard took to its Twitter account to celebrate the 385th birthday of the military branch with an incredibly moving tribute to those who have served.

“Happy 385th birthday to the National Guard! Trained, equipped, and ready to go since 1636,” the National Guard declared in the Twitter post, which features a 35-second clip highlighting the training and bravery of those currently serving. 

According to its website, the U.S. National Guard was founded in 1636 as a citizen force. It was organized to protect the families and towns from hostile attacks. The branch’s mission is to serve both community and country. “Our versatility enables us to respond to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions, and more.”

The military branch also states that it always responds with speed, strength, and efficiency. It went on to add that it helps to defend American freedom and ideals as well.

The U.S. Nation Guard Stands Behind Its Promise to Defend America

Fox News reported that in 2016, AFRICOM Special Assistant to the Commander, Maj. Gen. Worthe Holt, Jr., spoke about the National Guard. “Here we are 380 years later. Still representing people who are employed and work in our communities. But yet are ready to put the tools of their rates behind and step up. Take the fight when it’s necessary to defend our country. To respond to natural disasters. To provide humanitarian assistance. And all the various things that characterize the National Guard.”

The media outlet goes on to add that the military branch has revealed why it celebrates its birthday on December 13th. “Our ability to recognize December 13, 1636, as the organization date of the oldest Army National Guard units is based in law. The Militia Act of May 8, 1792, permitted militia units organized before the May 8, 1792, to retain their ‘customary privileges.’”

Other Military Branches Celebrate the National Guard’s Birthday

The U.S. Air Force also took to Twitter to celebrate the U.S. National Guard’s iconic birthday. “For 385 years, Guardsman have continued their dual mission o providing training and equipped units to the states, territories, and District of Columbia,” the tweet reads. “While also providing units to the nation to defend the U.S. [and] its interest all over the globe.”

The Defense Agency then tweeted out a birthday greeting to the military branch. “Happy birthday, National Guard! Thank you for your service and dedication to being ‘Always Ready’ and ‘Always There’ for our nation, at home and abroad.”

U.S. Defense Intel joined in on the military branch’s birthday celebration. “Today is the Nation’s oldest military organization’s 385th birthday! Join us in wishing the U.S. National Guard a happy birthday! Always Ready, Always there.”