National Guard Legacy
As a presenting partner for the Tour of Champions, the Army National Guard uses the Minuteman as a trophy to honor championship teams and share our championship legacy with them.
In 1636, the first militia formed in the American Colonies. The participants represented a cross section of trades and skills: farmers and physicians, coopers and cobblers, but colonists all, and they stood together as a team to answer the call of duty when needed. This was the first formal gathering of the National Guard.
More than a hundred years later in 1775, a similar gathering occurred. This group called themselves the Minutemen and they stared directly into the face of the most professional military force of the day. Even though they were outmanned, out-trained, and outgunned, they repelled the advancing Redcoats at the battles of Lexington and Concord to begin the American Revolution.
Today, the Minuteman statue designed by Daniel Chester French stands tall in Concord, Massachusetts, as a constant reminder of 375 years of determination, courage, and unity shared by every National Guard Soldier.
As a presenting partner for the Tour of Champions, the Army National Guard uses the Minuteman as a trophy to honor championship teams, and share our championship legacy with them. The qualities it takes to be an outstanding Citizen-Soldier are the same qualities shared by anyone who commits themselves to a team with the singular focus to become a champion against all odds.
Build Your Legacy
Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a lifetime and earn pride for life. The Army National Guard gives the opportunity to apply achievements as an athlete and leader at the next level - college.
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