Minn. National Guard joins US Army’s 247th birthday celebration

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Tuesday, the Minnesota National Guard is participating in the U.S. Army’s 247th birthday celebration.

There was a cake cutting ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol’s WWII Memorial to mark the celebration.

Guard members and guests also gathered to honor the Army’s history and service to the country.

According to the Minnesota National Guard, the U.S. Army claims June 14, 1775 as its official birthday because on that date, the Second Continental Congress established its army to fight the American Revolution.

“The reasons to join the Army are many and our Army has responded quickly throughout history to protect our nation,” Army Col. Eduardo Suárez said in a statement. “This state and nation are our family, and we are here to protect it.”