On December 13, 1636, the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony established three regiments which became the forerunners to the National Guard. Their mission was to take the diffused riflemen and organize them into a fighting force to defend the colonies. It wasn’t until after the Revolutionary War that the Marquis de Lafayette popularized the term “national guard” in reference to the organized militias who defended the states.

Today, the National Guard is comprised of reserve forces divided into the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Their mission is to provide military support to the military branches and states and respond to national emergencies.

The National Guard boasts 136 Medal of Honor recipients who valiantly served our nation. After September 11, 2001, the National Guard was instrumental in responding to terrorism, deploying 850,000 guard members to Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations across the world.

Concerned Veterans for America Foundationsm wishes the National Guard a happy birthday and thanks them for their service and dedication to our country.