Friday in Council, we marked 244 years since the establishment of the U.S. Army which was created by act of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1775.
A full year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the creation of the U.S. Army marked the beginning of forming the union that would become the United States of America when the Congress charged the protection the 13 separate colonies to an army and appointed George Washington as its Commanding General.
To mark the occasion, we invited the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion of the U.S. Army and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Flood to celebrate in Council with us along with Army veteran honorees from each council district including an honoree from our district: Army Specialist Brad Klimovitch who currently serves as Commander for VFW Post 2323 in Granada Hills.
Los Angeles has the highest concentration of veteran service members so it is fitting that we celebrate this occasion in L.A. City Council. As the only veteran currently serving on the council it was my honor to lead this ceremony and to recognize individuals who have laid their lives on the line so that we may sleep soundly every night under the blanket of freedom.
Thank you to all the honorees and Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!