• Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commanding general, U.S. Army North, and senior commander, Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, Texas, runs with Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, and Richard Perez, president and chief executive officer of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, during the Alamo run as part of the 237th Army birthday celebration. Over 1,500 Soldiers and civilians ran from Fort Sam Houston to the Alamo where they took part in the raising of the American Flag and a cake cutting ceremony.

    Leaders

    Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commanding general, U.S. Army North, and senior commander, Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, Texas, runs with Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, and Richard Perez, president and chief executive officer of the...

  • Wounded Warriors lean on each other as they stand for the singing of the Army Song during a celebration of the Army's 237th birthday at the Alamo in San Antonio. More than 1,500 Soldiers and civilians ran from Fort Sam Houston to the Alamo where they took part in the raising of the American Flag and a cake -cutting ceremony.

    Wounded Warriors

    Wounded Warriors lean on each other as they stand for the singing of the Army Song during a celebration of the Army's 237th birthday at the Alamo in San Antonio. More than 1,500 Soldiers and civilians ran from Fort Sam Houston to the Alamo where they...

  • Army and community leaders, along with the oldest and youngest Soldiers in the formation, cut the Army birthday cake June 14, 2012, in front of the Alamo in San Antonio. (From left to right) Richard Perez, president and chief executive officer, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; Frank Perez, 86, who served as a private first class in the D-Day invasion and once drove for Gen. George S. Patton; Pvt. Cortez-Gonzalez, 18, who will begin basic training in a few weeks; San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro; and Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commanding general, U.S. Army North, and senior commander, Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, cut the cake for the Army's 237th birthday celebration in San Antonio. More than 1,500 Soldiers and civilians ran from Fort Sam Houston to the Alamo where they took part in a flag raising and a cake-cutting ceremony as part of the Army's 237th birthday celebration.

    Cake cutting

    Army and community leaders, along with the oldest and youngest Soldiers in the formation, cut the Army birthday cake June 14, 2012, in front of the Alamo in San Antonio. (From left to right) Richard Perez, president and chief executive officer, Greater...

  • The celebration of the Army's 237th Birthday starts out right for Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with a 1,500-man run to the Alamo beginning at the historic Quadrangle, June 14, 2012, led by Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commander of U.S. Army North and senior commander of Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis; Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio; and Richard Perez, president and chief executive officer of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

    Alamo run

    The celebration of the Army's 237th Birthday starts out right for Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with a 1,500-man run to the Alamo beginning at the historic Quadrangle, June 14, 2012, led by Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commander of U.S. Army North and...

  • Soldiers and community members render honors during the raising of the American flag at the Alamo as part of a celebration of the Army's 237th birthday in San Antonio. More than 1,500 Soldiers and civilians ran from Fort Sam Houston to the Alamo where they took part in the flag raising and a cake-cutting ceremony.

    Salute

    Soldiers and community members render honors during the raising of the American flag at the Alamo as part of a celebration of the Army's 237th birthday in San Antonio. More than 1,500 Soldiers and civilians ran from Fort Sam Houston to the Alamo where...

  • More than 1,500 Soldiers and civilians ran from Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to the Alamo in San Antonio, June 14, 2012,  where they took part in the raising of the American Flag and a cake-cutting ceremony, as part of the celebration of the 237th Army birthday.

    Army birthday

    More than 1,500 Soldiers and civilians ran from Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to the Alamo in San Antonio, June 14, 2012, where they took part in the raising of the American Flag and a cake-cutting ceremony, as part of the celebration of the 237th Army...

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (June 14, 2012) -- More than 1,500 military and civilian community members of "Military City, U.S.A.," celebrated the 237th birthday of the United States Army with a run to the Alamo, and a Texas-sized 237-foot cake.

Runners from Fort Sam Houston and the surrounding community joined Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commanding general, U.S. Army North, and senior commander, Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, in a leisurely 2.3-mile run from historic Fort Sam Houston to the Alamo, where a throng of spectators and the giant cake awaited them.

"I can't think of an event more special than the birthday of the U.S. Army," said Caldwell. "This year, Soldiers and family members from Fort Sam along with some great community leaders, are celebrating the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army with this first-ever run to the Alamo."

Celebrating the Army's birthday in San Antonio is special.

"You know, this city is called 'Military City, U.S.A.,' and for good reason, too," said Caldwell. "There's a long, proud military tradition associated with San Antonio."

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro joined the Army on the run.

"I'm excited to join the Army in celebrating 237 years of service to the nation," said Castro. "San Antonio is Military City, U.S.A., and we are very proud of the Army and Fort Sam Houston."

More than 20 Wounded Warriors ran or cycled in the run. Sgt. Delvin Maston, a leg-amputee in the Warrior Transition Battalion, operated a hand-bike in the front of the mass formation.

Maston, a native of Birmingham, Ala., said he was in the run to celebrate his service in the Army, but that wasn't the only reason.

"One, I like group PT (physical training)," said Maston. "And secondly, I was challenged by the battalion commander."

Maston, an automated logistics Soldier in the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., lost his leg while he was home on leave in Birmingham June 22, 2009, when a woman who was driving and texting hit him while he was standing near the edge of the road.

"She kept going when she hit me," Maston said. "She dragged me for about 25 feet." The woman left the scene of the accident and was never caught, Maston said. Though he lost his leg, he said he isn't angry at her.

"I've moved on," Maston said. "But I do want people to stop texting while driving."

He plans to stay in the Army, he said, and hopes to someday return to the 101st Airborne Division.

At the end of the run at the Alamo, the youngest and oldest Soldiers in the crowd, along with the mayor, Caldwell, and Richard Perez, president and C.E.O., Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, cut the Army birthday cake. Pvt. Cortez-Gonzalez, 18, who will begin basic training in a few weeks, and Pfc. Frank Perez, 86, who served in the D-Day invasion and once drove for Gen. George S. Patton, cut the cake.

As part of birthday celebrations, the Army also held a post open house at the historic Quadrangle on Fort Sam Houston, and a formal-dress Army Birthday Ball Jun 15.

The U.S. Army is one year older than the United States, and exactly two years older than the nation's flag for which it shares the June 14 birthday. Many people know June 14 for Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the national flag by the Second Continental Congress June 14, 1777. The Continental Army was formed two years earlier by the Continental Congress June 14, 1775, with George Washington appointed as commander, to fight in the American Revolutionary War.

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