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SHAKO: Happy Birthday U.S. Army (update)

… And Many More

Members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, the Old Guard, perform at a military tattoo marking the Army’s 237th birthday. (U.S. Army photo)

On this day in 1775 the U.S. Army was born — even though, technically, the United States of America didn’t exist.

We thought we’d mark the day with two pictures, one showing what things were like in the past and one (below) showing the Army’s future.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno administers the oath-of-enlistment to new Army recruits before the start of the Angels-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, June 12, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade)

To see the Pentagon Channel’s video report on some celebrations of the Army’s birthday in Virginia, Los Angeles and South Korea — including a tank-shaped birthday cake made from camouflage-colored cupcakes — click here.

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SHAKO is an occasional 4GWAR posting on military history, traditions and culture. For the uninitiated, a shako is the tall, billed headgear worn by many armies from the Napoleonic era to about the time of the American Civil War. It remains a part of the dress or parade uniform of several military organizations like the corps of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

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