Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall had three days of events to celebrate the Army Birthday June 14.
The Army was established by an act of the Continental Congress in 1775. Congress authorized the enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the U.S. colonies.
Events started June 13 with Twilight Tattoo hosted by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey. Over 2,000 visitors enjoyed the hourlong pageant featuring the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" and members of the 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) on Summerall field, including the Fife and Drum Corps and the U.S. Army Drill Team.
On June 14, the exchange and dining facility hosted cake cutting ceremonies. JBM-HH Commander Col. Kimberly Peeples and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Harris were joined with the youngest Soldier on base. Nineteen year-old Pvt. Noah Daily was at the center of both cake cuttings with the saber.
"I just want to say thank you all for all the service thank you to everyone in the army or that has been a supporter of the Army in these 243 years," Peeples said before cutting the cake in the dining facility.
"We are all that 1 percent (who) do what we do each and every day both here and afar for the freedom of our great nation," Harris added.
The cake design was in line with the Army's theme for the birthday, "Over There," celebrating the heroes of World War I. In addition to cake, Soldiers and guests were able to enjoy an Army Birthday lunch that included lobster tail, fried chicken, and steak featuring music from the U.S. Army String Quartet.
Friday morning, cadences and music from members of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" filled the air during the Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall annual birthday run. Dozens of Soldiers, Marines, civilian employees, and other guests lined up on the Fort Myer side of the joint base. Before the start of the, Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark Esper spoke to the runners.
"It's a beautiful day, a wonderful day to celebrate our great birthday," he said.
The 3-mile run started at Summerall Field and went into Arlington National Cemetery. Esper also reminded the participants why they were running for the Army's birthday.
"As we run this morning we honor the legacy of all who have come before us," said Esper. "Especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in the defense of our great nation."
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