Although it is not a federal holiday, the birthday of the US National Guard, which falls on December 13, is an important event to be aware of.
Established in 1636, the National Guard is the oldest military organization in America. Its members serve in times of war and emergency. Take the time to honor those who have protected our country for centuries.
US NATIONAL GUARD BIRTHDAY CALENDAR
1933 – Dual control
The United States gave joint control of the National Guard to the federal and state governments.
1916 – It’s official
The term “National Guard” became the official name
1824 – The term “National Guard” made its debut.
The Marquis de Lafayette, a French military officer who fought in the Revolutionary War, used the term “National Guard” as a way to characterize each state’s militia.
1636 – Small local militia units merged into one
This creates the first militia in the entire colony, setting the stage for a truly “National” Guard.
1607 – The first militias are formed
This takes place during the English colonization of the Americas.
HOW TO OBSERVE THE BIRTHDAY OF THE US NATIONAL GUARD
Give to a worthy cause
Donating to charities like the National Guard Education Foundation is a great way to make an impact. Do you want to be more practical? Visit NGAUS.org for other ways to act.
Celebrate a service
Contact local clubs and host a memorial service for people in your community who serve in the National Guard. Gather photos of family members and light candles to honor those who are making the sacrifice.
Organize an event
A golf tournament or bake sale, for example, will help support the men and women of the National Guard.
5 STRONG REASONS TO SUPPORT YOUR US NATIONAL GUARD
It is the oldest military force in the United States.
The National Guard militias were used from 1636 to protect the British colonies, making the Guard older than the US Army, which was not created until the War of Independence.
There is only one U.S. territory without a National Guard unit
That would be American Samoa.
The members had a famous nickname
During the Revolutionary War, National Guard units were called Minutemen for the speed with which they responded.
It is the second largest militia force in the United States.
The United States Army is number 1.
The National Guard plays a crucial role in our security
The National Guard has fought in all of America’s wars since 1936.
WHY THE US NATIONAL GUARD BIRTHDAY IS IMPORTANT?
It’s part of our history
The birthday of this prestigious militia reminds us of the past of our country and can be an opportunity to delve deeper into its history.
Honor the heroes
Celebrating the National Guard’s birthday helps show our respect to those who risk their lives for the United States and its citizens.
Can unify communities
Not many things can unite an entire community, but celebrating the birthday of a militia full of brave and self-sacrificing individuals is certainly one of them.