The 378th Birthday of the National Guard
Today, we celebrate the 378th birthday of the National Guard and the long tradition of citizen service in the United States. Today, the National Guard continues its dual service role to the states, territories and the District of Columbia as well as to the defense of the United States and its interests across the globe.
Pennsylvanians share in this rich tradition of service in the United States Armed Forces. In 1747, Benjamin Franklin led Philadelphia in the creation of the “Associators,” marking the beginning of what is now the Pennsylvania National Guard. For 267 years, citizens of the Commonwealth have been inspired by the Pennsylvania National Guard motto, “Civilian in peace. Soldier in war.” Ever vigilant, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard stand ready to set aside the comforts of home to support their communities and nation in times of war, natural disaster or civil emergency.
Pennsylvania has one of the largest National Guard forces in the United States. Our citizen-soldiers have fought in every major American conflict from their inception to present day. I am deeply grateful for their continued service to our communities and the nation. I wish the National Guard a “happy birthday.”