By JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public AffairsJune 9, 2014
The U.S. Army will celebrate its 239th birthday with special events in Bryant Park in New York City on Friday, June 13. The theme for this year is America's Army: Our Profession. Please mark your calendar for a full day of events at Bryant Park, located at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. All events are free and open to the public.
Start your morning by joining Soldiers from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for a free cup of coffee in Bryant Park. Soldiers will be available to meet and visit with the general public. Test your skills in the New York U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion's Army Adventure Trailer featuring a laser shot simulator, push-up platform, and pull-up bars which will be located on 40th Street. The New York National Guard will also have vehicle and equipment displays on the Terrace at Bryant Park.
At 9 a.m. come out and join CrossFit training led by Soldiers at the Fountain. Join Soldiers for a fast paced morning workout.
The Commander in Chief's Guard will conduct a musket firing demonstration to illustrate battle during the Revolutionary War at 10 a.m. The Soldiers are from Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), stationed at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. Soldiers of the Commander-in-Chief's Guard wear colonial uniforms, including white wigs.
At 11 a.m. the USO Show Troupe of Metropolitan New York and The U.S. Army Band "Downrange" perform patriotic and pop tunes to help celebrate the Army's birthday.
Starting at noon, a Future Soldier Swearing-In Ceremony and cake cutting ceremony will be led by Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army. Immediately following the ceremony there will be patriotic performances by The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, The U.S. Army Drill Team, The U.S. Army Band "Downrange," The U.S. Army Military Academy Band "The Hellcats," The New York City Police Department Pipes and Drums, and Super Squad Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).