Our nation's leaders established the Continental Army 239 years ago. We celebrate as the Army continues to demonstrate its competence, its commitment, and its character in defense of our nation. Over the years, we’ve honored our troops and welcomed them home as they return from deployments. Look through the images below, and see how our welcoming ceremonies have changed.
May 23rd 1865. The Army of the Potomac paraded through Washington, DC, to mark the end of the Civil War.
1919. Washington, D.C. Back from the front.
Soldiers of the 369th march past the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue during 1919 homecoming parade.
Family reunion on July 15, 1943, after Lt. Col. Robert Moore stepped off the train in Villisca.
Homecoming end of World War II. Members of 345th Disembarking.
Operation Homecoming, 1973. Newly freed POWs celebrate as their C-141A aircraft lifts off from Hanoi.
President Bush greets General H. Norman Schwarzkopf who leads the Desert Storm Homecoming Parade returning from the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
Army Col. Stephen Twitty, commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, leads more than 3,000 soldiers through the downtown El Paso, Texas, during a Welcome Home Heroes Parade, Feb. 27, 2008.
A homecoming ceremony on Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 28, 2009.
Soldier father surprises son with early homecoming as boy leads Pledge of Allegiance at his school in Grand Blanc, MI, June 2012.
A homecoming ceremony at the New Jersey National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville, NJ, June 6, 2013.
A homecoming ceremony Nov. 23, 2013, in Marietta, GA.
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