NEW YORK (Army News Service, June 15, 2009) -- The Army's 234th birthday was celebrated in New York City with a wreath ceremony at the USS Intrepid, ringing of the closing bell Friday at the New York Stock Exchange and an Army Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium Sunday.

The 2008 Soldier of the Year, Sgt. David Obray, rang the closing bell on Wall Street Friday with Director of the Army Staff Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. They were joined by local-area noncommissioned officers and veterans from AUSA's Statue of Liberty Chapter to ceremoniously end the day of trading at the New York Stock Exchange to thunderous applause.

Huntoon was presented with the traditional "Bull and Bear" statue by John Merrell, senior vice president, Global Corporate Client Group, during the ceremony at the stock exchange.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli laid a wreath in honor of all fallen Soldiers during an Army Birthday commemoration at the USS Intrepid in New York City Sunday. Also participating in the ceremony was Patrick Gualtieri, executive director, United War Veterans Council and Bill White, president of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Also on Sunday, the military's first female four-star general threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The pitch by Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, was preceded by a demonstration by the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights. The Golden Knights jumped into the stadium prior to the game.