2007 -- H 6536

Enacted 06/14/07



H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Representatives Carter, Menard, Gemma, Lewiss, and Kennedy

     Date Introduced: June 14, 2007


     WHEREAS, The current United States Army is descended from the Continental Army,

which was formed on June 14, 1775, before the establishment of the United States, to meet the

demands of the Revolutionary War. The United States officially created the United States Army

on June 3, 1784, to replace the disbanded Continental Army; and

     WHEREAS, The United States Army is made up of three components: The Active

“Regular Army”, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. Combined, these three

branches currently have over one million soldiers, with over 500,000 serving in the Regular

Army, close to 200,000 serving in the Army Reserve, and approximately 333,000 serving in the

Army National Guard; and

     WHEREAS, The United States Army has always served our nation with honor and valor

in times of peace and peril, and has fought in every American conflict and war, from the

American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, the Spanish-

American War, the Philippine-American War; World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam

War, and two wars in Iraq;

     WHEREAS, Many of this nation’s greatest military leaders served in the United States

Army and graduated from West Point. Generals Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman

and Philip Sheridan led the Union Army to victory in the Civil War. During World War II

America was blessed with a plethora of great Army Generals including President Dwight D.

Eisenhower, George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, Omar Bradley, James Gavin and Matthew

Ridgway. Recent Army leaders who have served our nation with distinction have included Colin

Powell, and Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.; and

     WHEREAS, The heroism and valor of our nation’s soldiers at places like Yorktown,

Normandy and Omaha Beach, Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge, in the skies over Germany

and Europe, Midway, the Philippines, on submarines in the Pacific Theater, Guadalcanal, Iwo

Jima, Heartbreak Ridge, and in the frigid hills of Korea, the jungles of Vietnam, and the desert of

Iraq, will never be forgotten. The American Army has always been a liberating Army, never a

conquering Army; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby celebrates and honors the United States on the occasion of its

232nd Birthday on June 14, 2007.