Celebrating the U.S. Army’s 248th birthday

The United States Army celebrates its 248th birthday Wednesday, commemorating its June 14, 1775, inception. Today is also Flag Day.

The oldest of the six military branches was founded as the Continental Army amid the Revolutionary War by an act of the Second Continental Congress. What began as a disorganized collection of British colonists has since grown into an operation comprising more than 463,000 active duty service members worldwide.