ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Depot Commander Col. Marvin Walker and Deputy to the Commander Tommy Carlisle presided over a cake cutting ceremony June 12 in honor of the Army’s 245th birthday.This year, the traditional Army Birthday events shifted to an all-digital execution, including those at the national level.While Walker and Carlisle were able to hold the cake cutting at the Nichols Dining Facility, as usual, social distancing and appropriate pandemic protection efforts meant the use of face coverings and a reduced audience.“It’s a little different situation this year, with everything going on,” said Walker. “So, we are not going to celebrate quite the same.”Walker reminded employees that the Army birthday events honor the Soldiers and civilians who sacrificed for the country throughout its history as well as those who continue to do so today.The United States wasn’t yet a nation on June 14, 1775, when the Second Continental Congress voted to establish a Continental Army. At the time, the only source of defense people had was their local militia, which was made up of part-time citizen-soldiers, who were mostly untrained.“It’s a significant day, not only in the Army, but also in the nation’s history, because it planted the seeds of the Continental Army as we fought for our nation’s independence,” said Walker.