BTS Fans Celebrate 9 Years of ARMY, and Google Sends Its Love

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Happy ARMY Day!

July 9 marks the ninth anniversary of the formation of ARMY, the fan base of K-pop boy group BTS. ARMY stands for Adorable Representative MC for Youth.

To celebrate this anniversary, BTS released a video for their fans the night before. The short clip includes an oral statement from the group, with each member (RM, Jimin, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, Jungkook, and V) taking turns saying a phrase.

“A lot of times were spent together. I am so happy that we have the opportunity to reflect on our memories like this,” they said. “Whether near or far, I felt that we were closely linked by song and dance. Every moment was also a moment with you. We are so lucky to be part of your story. With a grateful heart, I hope to write more stories with you in the future. best time is yet to come.”

The last line of BTS’s statement refers to the group’s song “Yet to Come,” which is taken from the group’s recently released album, Evidence.

Additionally, search engine giant Google helped BTS fans celebrate ARMY Day in a unique way. Starting July 8, whenever someone searches for “BTS” on Google, a purple heart will appear next to the group name. Click on the heart and several purple balloons will float on your screen. Once you find this easter egg, you can also click on each of the balloons to pop them. And to add another layer of fun, the balloons with microphones are extra special – pop them and hear a message from one of the BTS members.

“BTS has such a positive energy, and we wanted to bring some of that to search,” Elissa Wolf, software engineer at Google, said in a statement. Variety. “I’m a fan myself, so I was thrilled to be able to work on this project!”

Go to your search bar and see for yourself!

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions

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