Guam – A flag-raising ceremony was held Monday morning to commemorate the 244th Birthday of the United States Army.
Leading the ceremony was Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, chairman of the Legislature’s committee on military and veterans affairs.
Speaker Tina Muna Barnes delivered a speech saying that as the wife of an Army veteran, and a mother of a Soldier who is currently deployed, she of all people understands the sense of duty and honor to answer that call to serve.
As Speaker of the 35th Guam Legislature, Barnes said she would not be standing here today, if it were not for the soldiers who leave their families, and the blood that was spilled to stop tyranny and oppression.
Senator James Moylan, an Army veteran himself, also graced the occasion. According to Moylan, his time at the Army was definitely a treasured and patriotic experience.
He said the life lessons learnt not only provided him with a great perspective on being a better person, spouse, and parent, but also allowed him to understand the spirit of camaraderie, teamwork and leadership.
He added that the friendships built during that period continue to be everlasting today.
The U.S. Army was founded in June 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized the enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.
The United States Army played a vital role in the liberation of Guam from occupation during World War II and continues to serve the cause of liberty throughout the world.