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Honor those who serve and protect our country on U.S. National Guard Birthday! Let's thank them for their bravery and dedication to our nation.
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On December 13, we honor and celebrate the brave men and women who serve in the U.S. National Guard on their special day – U.S. National Guard Birthday! This military branch has a rich history dating back to 1636, when the first militia regiments were formed to protect early colonists in America. Throughout the years, the National Guard has played a crucial role in defending our country and supporting communities during times of crisis. Let's take this day to show our gratitude and appreciation for their service and sacrifice. Happy birthday, U.S. National Guard!

History of U.S. National Guard Birthday

U.S. National Guard Birthday Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1636</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of the First Militia</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first militia regiments in North America were organized in Massachusetts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1775</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Role in Revolutionary War</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Guard units rallied to support the cause of independence from British rule during the American Revolutionary War.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1903</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Dick Act Passed</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Militia Act of 1903 or Dick Act officially recognized and distributed federal funds to the National Guard as an integral part of the U.S. military.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1947</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Air Guard Formed</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Air National Guard was officially established, marking an expansion to include aerial defense capabilities.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Post-9/11 Response</div><div class='timeline-text'>Following the events of 9/11, the National Guard played a significant role in global and homeland security operations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>COVID-19 Response</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Guard members have been instrumental in response efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, aiding in testing and vaccination rollouts.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate U.S. National Guard Birthday

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a parade or ceremony</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check your local community events for any parades or ceremonies honoring the U.S. National Guard on their birthday. This is a great way to show your support and appreciation for their service.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send thank you cards or care packages</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and family and write thank you cards or put together care packages to send to current or past members of the U.S. National Guard. This small gesture can mean a lot to those who have served.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local veterans organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend the day volunteering at a local veterans organization that supports the U.S. National Guard. This is a great way to give back and show your appreciation for their sacrifices.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a BBQ or picnic</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather friends and family for a BBQ or picnic and use the opportunity to share stories and memories of loved ones who have served in the U.S. National Guard. This is a great way to honor their service and celebrate their birthday.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a military movie or documentary</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some popcorn and watch a military movie or documentary that highlights the bravery and sacrifice of the U.S. National Guard. This is a great way to learn more about their history and appreciate their service.</p></div></div>

Why U.S. National Guard Birthday is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Honors the sacrifices made by National Guard members</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The U.S. National Guard Birthday is an important day to recognize and thank those who have served or are currently serving in the National Guard. These men and women make great sacrifices - leaving their families, jobs, and daily lives behind - to serve and protect our country.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebrates the history and accomplishments of the National Guard</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Established in 1636, the National Guard has played a crucial role throughout American history. From defending against invasion during the Revolutionary War to providing humanitarian aid during natural disasters, the National Guard has continuously demonstrated its importance and dedication to serving the nation.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes awareness of the National Guard's contributions to society</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The U.S. National Guard Birthday serves as a reminder to appreciate and support the ongoing efforts of these brave individuals. By celebrating this day, we not only honor their commitment but also raise awareness about the important role the National Guard plays in protecting our country and its citizens.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts about the U.S. National Guard Birthday

U.S. National Guard Birthday FAQs

When is U.S. National Guard Birthday?

U.S. National Guard Birthday is celebrated on December 13 every year. In 2024 U.S. National Guard Birthday will occur on a Friday.

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