FORT STEWART, Ga. - Child, Youth and School Services celebrated the Army's 235th birthday with fun, food, song and the traditional cake-cutting, June 14.

The two-hour event at Bryan Village Youth Center, building 7338, was planned by CYSS youth.

Among the activities were beading, face-painting, inflatables, a sack race and live entertainment.

Among the entertainers was Isabelle Lopez-Guerrero, 10, who on June 12 captured the title of Teen Idol (See story in next week's issue of The Frontline). She played the guitar for the birthday celebrants.

Sergeant Devon Wells, an Individual Readiness Training instructor who has been in the Army for five years, enjoyed the event with his wife, Saauna, and daughters Eliana, 4, and Janelle, 2.

"This is an excellent celebration," he said. "We (the Army) are as old as the nation. We need to keep going and getting stronger."

Teen Panel representative LeShaune O'Gilvie was among the youth chosen to cut the cake honoring the Army.

"It's an honor, and I'm pleased to be chosen to cut the Army's birthday cake," she said, adding that she liked how the Army "takes care of us overseas and how they appreciate youth."

Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips and other picnic-type foods were served up for those attending the celebration. Face-painting and beading activities were among the most popular attractions.

Tents with tables were set up, providing shelter from the sun and a place for Family and friends to gather and enjoy the food and fellowship.

CYSS also celebrated the Army birthday at the School Age Youth Services on Hunter. Hot dogs, hamburgers and snacks were served. That event featured water activities such as water balloons and a dunking booth.