Before the U.S., there were our armed forces. Established in 1775 by the Second Continental Congress, the Continental Army, Navy and Marines began from meager roots but grew to almost 20,000.
However, lacking modern weaponry, order, strategy, and at times reliable nourishment, our militias were all but unfit to get along with each other, much less unite and fight the superiorly situated Great Britain—until the one-and-only Major General and Commander-in-Chief George Washington. Over the next eight years, the Continental Army slowly—well, we all know how this story ends and celebrate it annually. Pay homage.
A portion of this item’s proceeds benefit Columbus, Ohio’s Military Veterans Resource Center, a nonprofit that provides veterans with resources necessary for success through life’s transitions.