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U.S. National Guard Birthday

Even though it’s not a federal holiday, the birthday of the U.S. National Guard — celebrated on December 13 — is an important event to note. Established in 1636, the National Guard is the oldest military organization in America. Its members serve during times of war and emergency. Take time to honour those who have protected our country for centuries.

U.S. National Guard Birthday Timeline

1933
Dual control
The U.S. gave joint National Guard control 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
Marquis de Lafayette, a French military officer who fought in the Revolutionary War, used the term “National Guard” to characterize each state’s militia.

1636
Small local units of militia merged into one
This creates the first colony-wide militia — setting the stage for a truly “National” Guard.

1607
The first militias formed
This takes place during England’s colonization of the Americas.

How To Observe The U.S. National Guard Birthday

  1. Give to a worthy cause
  2. Donating to charities such as The National Guard Educational Foundation is a great way to impact. Want to be more hands-on? Check out NGAUS.org for other ways to take action.
  3. Hold a service
  4. Reach out to local clubs and set up a commemoration service for the people in your community who serve in the National Guard. Gather photos of family members and light candles to honour those making the sacrifice.
  5. Host an event
  6. A golf tournament or bake sale, for example, will help support the men and women of the National Guard.

5 Bold Reasons To Back Your U.S. National Guard

  1. It’s the oldest military force in the U.S.
  2. National Guard militias were used beginning in 1636 to protect British colonies — making the Guard older than the U.S. Army, which wasn’t created until the Revolutionary War.
  3. There’s only one U.S. territory without a National Guard unit
  4. That would be American Samoa.
  5. Members had a famous nickname
  6. During the Revolutionary War, National Guard units were called Minutemen because they responded quickly.
  7. It’s America’s second-largest militia force.
  8. The U.S. Army is #1.
  9. The National Guard plays a crucial role in our security
  10. The National Guard has fought in every U.S. war since 1936.

Why The U.S. National Guard Birthday Is Important

  1. It’s part of our history
  2. The birthday of this prestigious militia reminds us of our country’s past and can be used as an opportunity to delve further into its history.
  3. It honours heroes
  4. Celebrating the birthday of the National Guard helps show our respect to those who risk their lives for America and its citizens.
  5. It can unify communities
  6. Not many things can bring an entire community together, but celebrating the birthday of a militia filled with brave, self-sacrificing individuals is one of them.

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