Allen West The US Army’s simple creed says “This We’ll Defend” Happy Birthday US Army

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by Allen West via Facebook

Today is Flag Day and I hope everyone takes time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and remind ourselves of the greatness represented by this simple symbol of liberty and freedom. However, our flag wouldn’t have such a grand history if not for something else we celebrate today: the 238th birthday of the United States Army. The US Army’s simple creed says “This We’ll Defend” so how appropriate that we recognize the flag and those who take the oath to support and defend it – on the same day. From the day the Minutemen answered the call to Lexington and Concord, to those who answer the call today to deployments worldwide, the American flag has been that herald of liberty, not oppression. Army men and women leave the warmth and shelter of their homes not as conquerors, but as liberators. I’m often asked what title do I prefer, Congressman or Colonel? Well, I seek to be a good Christian, husband, and Daddy, but I shall always prefer the title American soldier — a title I share with my Dad and nephew. Happy Birthday, Army Strong!

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Rep Allen West “This We’ll Defend”

(WASHINGTON)-– Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today on the 237th birthday of the United States Army and the celebration of Flag Day:

“Today marks the 237th birthday of the United States Army as well as the celebration of our Stars and Stripes, Flag Day.

The Army is the largest and oldest established branch of the United States military, with a primary mission ‘to fight and win our Nation’s wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders.’

I can still remember the details of the day that I was sworn in as an Army Second Lieutenant in 1982.  I remember the pride I felt wearing our nation’s uniform and the feeling that I was a part of something larger than myself.  I knew it was an honor, a privilege, and a responsibility…and I was committed to it wholeheartedly, just as thousands of men and women volunteer to commit themselves today,  not because they are forced to, but beacuse they truly want to serve their nation.

It is fitting that the Army’s birthday also falls on Flag Day, as the Army’s motto is ‘This We’ll Defend.’  If it weren’t for our brave soldiers defending our nation for the past 237 years, there would be no freedom to fly our flag.  In fact, there would be no flag at all.

‘This We’ll Defend’  represents the spirit of our Army, in that there is no ‘I’ or ‘Me’, but ‘We’.  As soldiers, we are unified to further a mission.  On the 237th birthday of the Army and on the celebration of Flag Day, let us as Americans recommit ourselves to the spirit of the Army, that ‘We’ are stronger united than divided, and working together, ‘We’ as Americans will always prevail.”

CLICK HERE TO READ THE STATEMENT IN IT’S ENTIRETY AS WRITTEN BY CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST