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Army celebrates 231st birthday
ARNEWS ^ | Katisha Draughn

Posted on 06/13/2006 5:26:10 PM PDT by SandRat

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 12, 2006) – Cake-cutting ceremonies, balls, special concerts and Soldier appreciation days will take place throughout the Army and around the world this week in honor of the Army’s 231st birthday.

This year’s theme is “Call to Duty – Boots on the Ground.”

“To all of our Soldiers around the world, our thoughts are with you and your families on this 231st Army Birthday. We are humbled by your sacrifices and awed by your achievements,” said Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey.

The celebration kicked off June 10 with the Army Birthday Ball in Washington, D.C.’s Hilton. Sponsored by the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, on behalf of the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army, the ball featured performances by the USO Liberty Belles, the Jazz Ambassadors, the Volunteers, the Soldiers’ Chorus and Army Soldier Show Alumni.

Celebrations will continue 8 a.m. June 14 at Arlington National Cemetery. Army senior leadership will pay tribute to the nation's fallen heroes by placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

A cake-cutting ceremony will take place 11 a.m. in the Pentagon courtyard, following a 10:30 performance by the U.S. Army Chorale. Josh Gracin, country music singer known for being an American Idol finalist, will continue the event with a noon performance.

Interactive displays will be available in the courtyard from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Program Executive Office will showcase the Land Warrior, body armor, and other modern equipment and concepts. The Natick Soldier Center will showcase the Future Force Warrior and Future Concept Warrior.

In the event of inclement weather, the Pentagon ceremony, performances and displays will move to the Concourse.

A second cake-cutting ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

A Twilight Tattoo will culminate the day’s celebrations at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long sunset military pageant featuring Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) to include: the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Drill Team, the U.S. Army Band Blues Jazz Ensemble, and the U.S. Army Chorale.

A Senate and House cake-cutting ceremony will take place 11 a.m. June 15. Army officials will recognize the heroic contributions of Army units toward the Global War on Terror by announcing the award of campaign participation credit to eligible Army units that served and/or are serving in the theater of operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Three new streamers will be awarded to qualifying units: one for service in Afghanistan, one for service in Iraq and one for service in other geographic regions outside of Iraq and Afghanistan, such as Kuwait, Qatar or the Horn of Africa.

Army birthday celebrations will conclude with a Headquarters, Department of Army Birthday Run 7:30 a.m. June 16 at Fort Myer.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 231st; army; birthday; celebrates
For complete Birthday coverage, utilize the following links for information:

-Any and all 231st Army Birthday information
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Making the Army birthday cake

1 posted on 06/13/2006 5:26:11 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..

You're invited to a Birthday Celebration!


2 posted on 06/13/2006 5:26:44 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Go Army!


3 posted on 06/13/2006 5:28:24 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07

(BEAT NAVY!)


4 posted on 06/13/2006 5:50:23 PM PDT by RedBeaconNY (If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people He gave it to.)
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To: SandRat
All my respect:


5 posted on 06/13/2006 5:54:26 PM PDT by phantomworker ("I wouldn't hurt you for the world, but you are standing where I am about to shoot..."--Quaker quote)
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To: ALlRightAllTheTime; AirForceBrat23; AlwaysFree; Angelwood; Apple Blossom; beandog; BillF; ...

Ping!


6 posted on 06/13/2006 5:55:16 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Got freedom? Thank a veteran)
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To: SandRat
The first pattern of a United States Army general service button. Adopted circa 1777 during the American Revolution. This specimen excavated from a 1779-1780 Continental Army Artillery encampment in northern New Jersey.
7 posted on 06/13/2006 6:13:30 PM PDT by XRdsRev (The Democrat Party - Keeping Black folks on the "Plantation" since 1790)
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To: SandRat; CMS; The Sailor; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; OneLoyalAmerican; bkwells; ...
Happy 231st Army Birthday
to my present and past
Army Brothers and Sisters
8 posted on 06/13/2006 7:17:21 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: SandRat

SENIOR SERVICE SALUTE!!

CPT., Armor
MACV, Class of '71


9 posted on 06/13/2006 7:18:50 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: XRdsRev

10 posted on 06/13/2006 7:20:49 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: PzLdr

Thank you for your service!


11 posted on 06/13/2006 7:23:26 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping Tonk!

Happy Birthday Army!


12 posted on 06/13/2006 7:32:04 PM PDT by Darksheare (Anyone ever wonder at the flavor of the sparrows at San Juan Capistrano? Cappucino sparrows?)
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To: SandRat

Happy Birthday US Army and my brothers and sisters around the world, those who fly above it, and those who have given everything so we may be free!!!!


13 posted on 06/13/2006 7:38:48 PM PDT by M1Tanker (Proven Daily: Modern "progressive" liberalism is just National Socialism without the "twisted cross")
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To: SandRat

Thanks for the post.

11B40,SFC
77-92


14 posted on 06/13/2006 7:39:27 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: jwalsh07

"Go Army!"

Indeed.


15 posted on 06/13/2006 7:39:53 PM PDT by goarmy (Zarqawi's OH SH*T moment lasted 52 minutes)
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To: goarmy

16 posted on 06/13/2006 7:49:14 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
Happy 231st Birthday, US Army!!


17 posted on 06/13/2006 8:03:10 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Operation 4th of July ~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
awwwwwwwww..... ya shoednaouta dun dat!!!!.......Blushy 2
18 posted on 06/13/2006 8:07:32 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: goarmy

Happy birthday to you Army, thanks for sailing with us!


19 posted on 06/13/2006 8:16:04 PM PDT by battlegearboat (USN)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Happy Birthday Army!


20 posted on 06/13/2006 8:22:34 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks Tonk!

Happy Birthday DOGGIES!

:)


21 posted on 06/13/2006 8:26:32 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: SandRat; All

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MEL's -PASSION- sparked by -WE WERE SOLDIERS-

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1085111/posts

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22 posted on 06/13/2006 8:37:42 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: SandRat

Happy Birthday Army, from a Jarhead, no less.

My dad was in the 28th ID during WWII. He always asked me how come it took me 25 years to make MSgt when he did it in two.

Of course, there were a lot of leadership openings in a WWII rifle platoon...


23 posted on 06/13/2006 9:23:11 PM PDT by M1911A1
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To: SandRat

Happy birthday Army, but NAVY rules!


24 posted on 06/13/2006 9:25:31 PM PDT by Vision ("America's best days lie ahead. You ain't seen nothing yet"- Reagan)
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To: SandRat
Happy Birthday !!!

LiteKeeper
US Army, retired (1966-1995)
[Vietnam 1967-1969]
Field Artillery (17yrs), Military Intelligence (2yrs), Chaplain (10yrs)

25 posted on 06/13/2006 9:51:04 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: SandRat
Happy Birthday Army!

1775 - 2006
26 posted on 06/13/2006 10:06:06 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny!)
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To: M1911A1

Some very Real Blood Stripes in those days.


27 posted on 06/13/2006 10:22:32 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

happy birthday, our prayers are with all our soldiers, here and foreward deployed. thank you for your service, you answered when called with honor and courage. HOOAH!


11B20,V,P4
SGT.USA (PDRL)
1976-1982


28 posted on 06/13/2006 10:57:12 PM PDT by coincheck (support our troops, they are the best bar none (sua sponte))
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT


29 posted on 06/14/2006 3:03:21 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: SandRat

BTTT


30 posted on 06/14/2006 3:06:02 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: SandRat

Happy Birthday y'all ...


31 posted on 06/14/2006 3:06:48 AM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (Justice and "The Law" are not always the same thing.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Good luck to Sandy! God bless her and watch over her.


32 posted on 06/14/2006 4:07:34 AM PDT by goarmy (Zarqawi's OH SH*T moment lasted 52 minutes)
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To: SandRat

Happy Birthday, Army!

From a proud and grateful Screamin' Eagle Mom.


33 posted on 06/14/2006 4:10:51 AM PDT by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve.)
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To: goarmy
Happy birthday, goarmy, and thanks for your service to our country.


34 posted on 06/14/2006 4:18:53 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Operation 4th of July ~)
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To: Albion Wilde

Happy Birthday, Army

And honors to my ancestor who joined the Philadelphia Militia in 1776, when he was fifteen years old, and marched on Trenton at Christmas. I don't know if he crossed the Delaware with Washington's troops, but like to think that he did.

The Tattoo at the Jefferson Memorial is an excellent way to spend a summer evening.


35 posted on 06/14/2006 5:54:13 AM PDT by maica (Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle --Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SandRat

Happy B'Day Army!

Also....

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Scoop News http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0606/S00183.htm

US: Happy Birthday And Love To Your Nation
Wednesday, 14 June 2006, 1:02 pm
Opinion: Kamala Sarup
US: Happy Birthday And Love To Your Nation

Kamala Sarup

July 4 is the traditional date for celebrating the independence of the U.S.A. .

Trick question: When did the U.S. declare its independence from Great Britain?

Incorrect answer: July 4, 1776.

Correct answer: July 2, 1776.

Reason: The delegates voted for independence on July 2; therefore, independence was effective immediately. However, the documentation had to be formalized, which took 2 more days. It was publicized on July 4, which became the traditional date for observing independence.

It is one thing to declare independence and another thing to achieve it, since G.B. considered this act one many in its rebellious colonies that had to be supressed. A long and bloody war was waged before the U.S. was able to defeat the British in a final victory in 1781. The Peace Treaty of 1783 between the two countries officially made the U.S. independent in fact.

Congress approves a Resolution of Independence introduced on June 7 by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. At this time, from the American point of view, the colonies cease to exist; that is, they are now independent (sovereign) states. However, Great Britain views them as rebellious colonies and attempts during the next five years to subdue them with force.

An American researcher Norm Stanly stated with me "Although I am mildly patriotic. From my readings in history, no country is a paradise, so I try to see the good and bad in every government and economy, including the USA.

If you see the Parliament of England (after March 26, 1707, Great Britain) passes a series of laws that favor its manufacturing and trading companies and raise government duty revenues at the expense of its colonies. These are collectively known as the Navigation Acts. During the same period, extensions of two British Currency Acts limit the amount of coinage in the colonies and prohibit their coining of money, which inhibit intercolonial trade. These laws cause discontent among the American colonies, particularly the 13 along the Atlantic seaboard, since they adversely affect their manufacturing and commerce.

Stanly said " On April 19, 1775, Revolutionary War begins with the battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, between about 4,000 patriot ("rebel") minutemen and militia and about 1,800 British troops. And June 14, at the same year congress adopts the New England and New York forces and appoints a committee to draft regulations for a Continental Army. It authorizes 10 companies of riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. This is the birthday of the U.S. Army and the Army Infantry. June 17, battle of Bunker Hill between about 2,000 patriots and 2,500 British troops occurs.

Patriots are forced to withdraw because of lack of ammunition after inflicted heavy losses on the British. This battle convinces Britain that defeating the rebels will not be easy. On October 13, congress authorizes the fitting out of two vessels to intercept ships carrying suppplies to British forces. This is the birthday of the U.S. Navy. November 10, congress authorizes two marine battalions. This is the birthday of the Marine Corps.

Independenc day and love to the nation is important in a democracy. Since many Americans had strong beliefs, independency day is necessary to protect American values.

Independenc day making the country strong and safer. The connection between Independence Day and the nation is that they use the values. But In the U.S., there were many stresses on democracy. The slavery issue was the most significant and bloody and almost resulted in the U.S. becoming two countries, North and South of the 36th latitude in the 1860s.

In the last half of the 19th century in the U.S., excessive wealth and power concentration associated with industrial development resulted in many bloody work stoppages and strikes.

In the U.S. in the 19th century, democracy worked to the excessive advantage of a privileged group only but gradually it was reformed so that the people at the bottom gained some share in wealth.




Writer and journalist Kamala Sarup is an editor of peacejournalism.com. Some of the main focus of the e-magazine has been on disarmament, conflict resolution, nonviolent sanctions, conflicts and crises. Its activities include training,research and supports peace, democracy and development in societies undergoing crisis and change. Kamala Sarup is specialising in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace Resolutions, Anti war, Women, Terrorism, Democracy, Development, Politics and HIV/AIDS. She wrote and published many articles, books and research papers. Her interests include international conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication, philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature. Her current plans are to move on to humanitarian work in conflict areas in the near future. Kamala Sarup contributes regularly to World Security Network (WSN), Bangladesh.web, Webcommentary, Scoop Media, World press, News Blaze, California Chronicle.


36 posted on 06/14/2006 6:56:53 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: SandRat

Happy 231st Birthday US Army.


37 posted on 06/14/2006 9:25:57 AM PDT by Ptarmigan (Ptarmigans will rise again!)
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To: SandRat
Happy Birthday Army
38 posted on 06/14/2006 1:52:01 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Thank You Veterans)
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To: maica

Amazing story! Thanks! Where you been, girl?


39 posted on 06/14/2006 3:31:52 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Got freedom? Thank a veteran)
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To: SandRat

Happy Birthday Army.


40 posted on 06/14/2006 5:11:36 PM PDT by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71)
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To: SandRat

Josh Gracin, alright!


41 posted on 06/14/2006 9:08:18 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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