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Army celebrates 236 years of service

Branch born 2 years before American flag

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The U.S. Army is older than the country it protects. Older even, than the Declaration of Independence.

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Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn (from left), 2nd Lt. Liam Karpusiewicz, Pfc. Justin Frederick and Command Sgt. Maj. Johnny Posey used ceremonial sabers to cut a birthday cake Tuesday. About 150 people attended the Army birthday celebration at Fort Gordon.   Corey Perrine/Staff
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Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn (from left), 2nd Lt. Liam Karpusiewicz, Pfc. Justin Frederick and Command Sgt. Maj. Johnny Posey used ceremonial sabers to cut a birthday cake Tuesday. About 150 people attended the Army birthday celebration at Fort Gordon.

On Tuesday, Fort Gordon celebrated the Army's 236th birthday and Flag Day, which fall on the same date.

"It also just happens to be my birthday. So, I remember this pretty easily," said Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, who presided over the ceremony. Lynn is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon.

The Army began June 14, 1775, as the Continental Army. The Continental Congress established the Army after the outbreak of the Revolutionary War to coordinate military efforts among the 13 colonies. Exactly two years later, on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the American flag. Flag Day commemorates that event.

When an institution is 236 years old, the birthday celebration ought to be pretty special, and this one was. Fort Gordon delivered a horn quartet and a presentation of historic Army uniforms. A sheet cake the size of a small table rolled in, and Lynn ordered soldiers to slice it ceremoniously with their swords.

Macy Briggs, 7, and her brother Reid, 5, thought that looked pretty good.

"It looks like a big cake," said Macy, on her way to get a piece.

Macy and Reid attended the celebration with their father, Staff Sgt. Brent Briggs; mother, Tiffany; and brother, Ruben, 3. They and about 150 other soldiers and family members were on hand, not just for the Army birthday but also to witness their military and community leaders signing the Army's Family and Fort Gordon Community covenants.

The two covenants, a gesture the Army has performed for four years, declare support for the families of soldiers and confirm partnership with the surrounding community.

"When our soldiers are separated from their loved ones, we've promised to do our very best to care for them in their stead," Lynn said.

Briggs is a Purple Heart recipient, as were many who attended.

"It definitely makes me feel like the family and the community around us are combined," he said. "The mayors of Grovetown and Augusta both attended. We live in Grovetown, so that was extremely important to me."

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wildman
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wildman 06/15/11 - 04:14 am
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As a proud veteran of the

As a proud veteran of the United States Air Force I congratulate my brothers and sisters of the United States Army, Happy Birthday. We may compete but we are all proud to serve the United States of America at the end of the day.

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Dixieman 06/15/11 - 10:20 am
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As a proud veteran of the

As a proud veteran of the United States Army, thank you wildman and congratulations to the Army, its veterans, and those currently serving. We are very grateful for all you do.

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Riverman1 06/15/11 - 10:25 am
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As an Army vet thanks to the

As an Army vet thanks to the Army for all you did for me. Thanks to Wildman and Dixieman, who was a company commander in Vietnam.

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