• Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington, U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets, read the Happy 233rd Birthday U.S. Army book to some 80 children at the West Point Army Birthday celebration June 13.    Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate of Communications

    Reading 3

    Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington, U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets, read the Happy 233rd Birthday U.S. Army book to some 80 children at the West Point Army Birthday celebration June 13. Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate...

  • Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington, U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets, read the Happy 233rd Birthday U.S. Army book to some 80 children at the West Point Army Birthday celebration June 13.    Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate of Communications

    Reading 2

    Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington, U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets, read the Happy 233rd Birthday U.S. Army book to some 80 children at the West Point Army Birthday celebration June 13. Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate...

  • Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington, U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets, read the Happy 233rd Birthday U.S. Army book to some 80 children at the West Point Army Birthday celebration June 13.    Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate of Communications

    Reading 1

    Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington, U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets, read the Happy 233rd Birthday U.S. Army book to some 80 children at the West Point Army Birthday celebration June 13. Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate...

  • Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington (left), U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; 2nd Lt.  Brandon C. Whitten, the youngest officer at West Point; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; West Point Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Violet McNeirney; Jason Cochran, son of Sgt. 1st Class and Mrs. Brian Cochran; Pfc. Ramona Barnard, the youngest West Point Soldier join the rest of the attendees in clapping after the singing of Happy Birthday and prior to the singing of the Army Song at West Point's celebration of the 233rd Army birthday June 13.    Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate of Communications

    Clapping after singing happy birthday

    Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington (left), U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; 2nd Lt. Brandon C. Whitten, the youngest officer at West Point; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs...

  • Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington (left), U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; 2nd Lt.  Brandon C. Whitten, the youngest officer at West Point; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; West Point Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Violet McNeirney; Jason Cochran, son of Sgt. 1st Class and Mrs. Brian Cochran; Pfc. Ramona Barnard, the youngest West Point Soldier make the ceremonial first cuts using both officer and an NCO sabers while the rest of the attendees sang "Happy Birthday" during the cake cutting at West Point's celebration of the 233rd Army birthday June 13.    Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate of Communications

    Cake Cutting 2

    Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington (left), U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; 2nd Lt. Brandon C. Whitten, the youngest officer at West Point; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs...

  • Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington (left), U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; 2nd Lt.  Brandon C. Whitten, the youngest officer at West Point; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; West Point Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Violet McNeirney; Jason Cochran, son of Sgt. 1st Class and Mrs. Brian Cochran; Pfc. Ramona Barnard, the youngest West Point Soldier make the ceremonial first cuts using both officer and an NCO sabers while the rest of the attendees sang "Happy Birthday" during the cake cutting at West Point's celebration of the 233rd Army birthday June 13.    Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate of Communications

    Cake Cutting 1

    Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington (left), U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; 2nd Lt. Brandon C. Whitten, the youngest officer at West Point; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs...

  • Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington (left), U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; 2nd Lt.  Brandon C. Whitten, the youngest officer at West Point; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; West Point Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Violet McNeirney; Jason Cochran, son of Sgt. 1st Class and Mrs. Brian Cochran; Pfc. Ramona Barnard, the youngest West Point Soldier blow out the candles on the ceremonial birthday cake at West Point's celebration of the 233rd Army birthday June 13.     Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate of Communications

    Blowing out the candles

    Brigadier Gen Michal S. Linnington (left), U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey; 2nd Lt. Brandon C. Whitten, the youngest officer at West Point; Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs...

  • Private Anthony Collings, Sr. carries the Army flag, leading the procession into the West Point Child Development Center to begin the Army's 233rd Birthday ceremony and celebration held June 13. Collings is followed by U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets Brig. General Michael S. Linnington (left), West Point Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Violet McNeirney and some 80 children from the West Point community.  The ceremony included the procession, the reading of the Happy 233rd Birthday U.S. Army book to the children by Linnington, a moment of silence to recognize those who have fallen, a cake cutting and the singing of the Army Song.  Photo by Spc. Vincent Fusco/West Point Directorate of Communications

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    Private Anthony Collings, Sr. carries the Army flag, leading the procession into the West Point Child Development Center to begin the Army's 233rd Birthday ceremony and celebration held June 13. Collings is followed by U.S. Military Academy Commandant...

WEST POINT, N.Y. (June 13, 2008) -- The West Point community celebrated the birthday of the U.S. Army in a celebration at the Child Development Center here Friday.
"It's a great honor to be celebrating the Army's birthday today," said Brig. Gen. Michael Linnington, Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, in a warm welcome to the Soldiers and Families.
The seeds of today's Army were sown on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Army was formed during the Revolutionary War. On the same day in 1784, Congress formally created the U.S. Army to replace the disbanded Continental Army.
Linnington celebrated with the children by reading "Happy 233rd Birthday U.S. Army," written by members of the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Child and Youth Services staff.
The story tells the history of the Army and the Army Family from the perspective of a military child. The picture-heavy book of less than 25 pages was made to educate military children on their parents' contributions to the Army and their place in the Army Family.
After the reading, Linnington and 2nd Lt. Brandon Whitten, a Warrior-in-Transition at the West Point WTU and the youngest officer, assisted by Morgan Humphrey; daughter of Maj. and Mrs. Ian Humphrey here, cut one end of an Army birthday cake with an officer's saber; at the same time, garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Violet McNeirney and Pfc. Ramona Barnard, an operating room technician at Keller Army Community Hospital and the youngest Soldier here assisted by Jason Cochran, son of Sgt. 1st Class and Mrs. Brian Cochran, cut the other with a noncommissioned officer's sword.
The event concluded with a performance by the West Point Military Band and the singing of the "Army Song." The children and the community members enjoyed cake and refreshments.

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