• In honor of the Army's 236th birthday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III present a wreath to the Relief Commander of the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., June 14, 2011.

    Wreath presentation at Tomb of Unknowns

    In honor of the Army's 236th birthday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III present a wreath to the Relief Commander of the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington...

  • In honor of the Army's 236th birthday June 14, 2011, Old Guard Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment present arms at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

    Old Guard

    In honor of the Army's 236th birthday June 14, 2011, Old Guard Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment present arms at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

  • A wreath honoring the Army's 236th birthday was placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., June 14, 2011.

    Tomb of the Unknowns Guard

    A wreath honoring the Army's 236th birthday was placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., June 14, 2011.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 14, 2011) -- Four months older than the Navy, five months older than the Marine Corps, the nation's oldest military branch began its 236th birthday celebration with senior Army leaders presenting a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., June 14, 2011.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III presented the red, white and green wreath with blue ribbons to the tomb's Relief Commander after which Taps was sounded.

Even though the Army's birthday is June 14, festivities in the nation's capital began June 11 with the traditional black-tie ball featuring the Army Field Band and country music recording artist Phil Vassar. Aside from a cake-cutting at the birthday ball, cake-cutting ceremonies are slated for June 14 at the Pentagon and another with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill.

The celebration will also feature precision and tradition with a twilight tattoo and performances from the 3rd Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard" at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., June 15. During the tattoo, David A. Hovda will be presented the Army's Strength of the Nation Award for his exceptional contributions to breakthrough research for systematic recovery from traumatic brain injury. Hovda serves as director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center.

The week's birthday events cap off with the traditional birthday run June 17 at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

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