On this day in 1776 our great country was born. It was on the fourth day of the seventh month when the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and unanimously agreed to adopt the Declaration of Independence to officially proclaim freedom from British rule.
What is interesting to note is the fact that the Army was founded almost a full year before the United States. The then-Continental Army was established during the Revolutionary War, with George Washington appointed as commander in chief on July 3, 1775.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Duty and Honor have been a fundamental – and vital – part of the very fiber of our being since before the thirteen colonies united to become a Country. It, no doubt, played an important part in the founding of our country 243 years ago.
Throughout Georgia Military College’s 140-year history, Duty, Honor, and Country have served as the three strong pillars that make up our core values. Service to our country, our community, and our classrooms is at the very heart of what every member of the GMC Family believes in and strives for – each and every day.
During Independence Day celebrations, let’s enjoy the usual holiday fanfare of food, fireworks, and fun with friends and family. But may we also take time to remember and honor the generations of men and women who have served our great country for centuries as members of the United States Armed Forces – with many paying the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.