242nd Army Birthday, Flag Day: Happy Birthday, Army Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 June 2017
Photo by Mike Curtis, Visual Information Center
By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON

On Wednesday, we celebrate the 242nd Army Birthday and National Flag Day, honoring our Army’s rich legacy and our Nation’s symbolic banner.

Through our many campaigns in defense of the United States of America, our flag has flown high, and our Army has remained strong.

This year’s Army Birthday theme, “Over There! A Celebration of the World War I Soldier,” commemorates the extraordinary efforts made by our Army 100 years ago, forging the future of innovation for our modern military today.

We also pay special tribute to America’s flag on this day — an observance officially established by Pres. Woodrow Wilson in 1916, recognizing our  powerful symbol of courage, freedom and patriotism.

We encourage you to join us in celebrating our Army and National colors on Wednesday. The Army Birthday run, traditional cake-cutting and retreat and streamer ceremony events build camaraderie among our “Team of Teams,” and allow us to render respect to our Army colors and Star-Spangled Banner.

We are truly grateful to our community and amazing Fort Leonard Wood team for their incredible commitment, each and every day.

After 242 years, our Army keeps rolling along because of your support.

Happy birthday, Army.

(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 June 2017 )