On July 9, BTS fans around the world celebrated ARMY Day by sharing personal stories and engaging in philanthropy.
Although BTS fans have many achievements to celebrate these days, ARMY Day is one of their most meaningful anniversaries. It is the day BTS named their fandom, back in 2013.
드디어!! 저희 팬클럽 명이 정해졌네요!!! A.R.M.Y
많은 후보들 중에 저희의 찬성표를 많이받은A.R.M.Y!! 아르미여러분들 아름아름 하네요~ 아이좋아 엇능가서확인해보세요!! @-@
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) July 9, 2013
Officially, “ARMY” stands for “Adorable Representative MC for Youth”. This means that BTS’s fans are the bulletproof vest that protects underdogs and oppressed youth by giving them a voice.
Over the last 5 years, ARMYs have been BTS’s protectors as well by supporting the group’s achievements and acting as their biggest (and most vocal!) champions.
BTS personified ARMY in their BT21 character line as Van, a space robot who is the protector of BTS.
ARMY’s steadfast involvement on social media helped to bring BTS to the forefront of today’s K-Pop scene, and into the international music mainstream. Most recently, ARMY helped “Fake Love” become one of the two K-Pop songs chosen to play at the FIFA World Cup by voting nonstop.
ARMY has also lived up to their name by using their influence in ways that have made BTS proud. They have raised money and awareness for a number of worthy causes over the years.
To celebrate their 5th anniversary, ARMY is supporting Thirst Relief all throughout the month of July. Thirst Relief is a non-profit organization that provides clean water to families in need.
In addition to aiding Thirst Relief, ARMYs honoured ARMY Day in a variety of personal ways. One fan celebrated with cake…
…while others hosted giveaways.
(omg i hope im not that late for the army day! mianhe T-T)
— WEEE WOOO WEEE WOOO (@iyownaa) July 9, 2018
Fans also revealed how they became ARMYs, what being an ARMY means to them, and how being one has impacted their personal lives.
I saw @BTS_twt for the first time at the 2017 BBMAs and thought ‘Who are this guys? They seem really cool! I’ll look them up later…” but never actually did until June 9. It was a Thursday. I’ll never forget it. It was the best day in my entire life.-
— 아미 (@grnsthclrofhope) July 8, 2018
Let’s just say that no artists music made me feel what BTS’ music did. I used to spend hours just reading there lyrics. Ever since then I’ve been a dedicated ARMY. Happy 5th birthday ARMY #PurpleArmyDay
— jum (@lowclassarmy) July 8, 2018
It took 4 years for me to be an army. I knew them and love TAEHYUNG since 2013! Even since the first time I knew 하루만 (in 2015) and keep my eye on them, I still not became an army. I regret I didn't enter this fandom earlier but I hope it'll last long @BTS_twt #PurpleARMYDay
— meet the ceo (@taevyonim) July 8, 2018
ARMY are always support, cheer
ARMY are so kind warm wonderful beautiful strong precious
And because of ARMY, I can get more mutuals who are sometime can support us more than our family do
I Love U Armys and that are wht ARMY means to me #PurlpleARMYDay
— Kookie방탄 (@KookieGo977) July 8, 2018
ARMYs wished each other a “Happy ARMY Day” on Twitter.
— Soo Choi (@choi_bts2) July 8, 2018
— paula (@dawgucci) July 8, 2018
you're a 2013 army? so what?
you're a 2014 army? so what?
you're a 2015 army? so what?
you're a 2016 army? so what?
you're a 2017 army? so what?
you're a 2018 army? so what?
the only thing matters here is u staying with us forever. happy army day!#PurpleARMYDay
— spirit (@outrotokki) July 9, 2018
— (@cIoudjunghs) July 8, 2018
— ARMY Academy (@armyacademics) July 8, 2018
As always, BTS also left their fans a personalized, celebratory message.
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) July 9, 2018
Happy (belated) anniversary, ARMY! We “purple” you!