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McCoy community celebrates 
Army Birthday/Flag Day

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

       Army Birthday/Flag Day activities helped members of the Fort McCoy work force celebrate the 233 years of service of the Army and honor the 231 years the American Flag has been in existence.

Capt. Benjamin Perry cuts the ceremonial Army Birthday Cake at Fort McCoy Army Birthday/Flag Day activities at Constitution Park June 13. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

A youth from the Child Development Center participates in the Child and Youth Services Army Birthday/Flag Day parade at Fort McCoy June 13. (Photo contributed by Child Development Services)

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David  E. Chesser reads from the book "Happy Birthday U.S. Army" to a group of preschoolers in the Fort McCoy Child Development Center. (Photo contributed by Child Development Services)

      Early bird personnel could get breakfast and a red T-shirt that honored the nation's Soldiers.

      Youth in the installation's Child and Youth Services program continued the momentum of honoring Soldiers by staging their annual parade, which featured banners recognizing Soldiers for their service, and a number of costumes and decorations featuring a patriotic theme.

      Capt. Benjamin Perry, Headquarters and Headquarters, Detachment 1 commander for the Fort McCoy U.S. Army Garrison, cut the ceremonial cake to begin the lunch celebration.

      Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser shared remarks with the audience gathered for the ceremony.

      The remarks included words from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., U.S. Army Chief of Staff, and Pete Geren, the Secretary of the Army.

      "Since June 14, 1775, the magnificent Soldiers, families and civilians of America's Army have sacrificed personal comfort and safety so that others can live in freedom," Chesser said. "Our sacrifices have preserved our way of life, built a better future for others and led our nation to victory over our enemies."

      The United States has been at war for the past six years, with the Army helping to lead the effort to liberate more than 50 million people from tyranny and oppression and giving them hope for the future, Chesser said.

      During the past year, almost 300,000 men and women have been inspired by these efforts to enlist or re-enlist in the active-duty or reserve-component branches of the Army.

      "This type of dedication is what makes our Army the strength of the nation," he said.

      The Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources and Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation helped sponsor the event.

      Other activities included a free automatic car wash and free bowling.

      Other sponsors for the event included Case, Logistics Health Inc., Culver's, Oshkosh, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Chippewa Spring Water, Reinhart Food Service, St. Joseph Equipment and Pierce. No federal endorsement is implied.

Parents and children enjoy the June 13 Child and Youth Services Army Birthday/Flag Day parade, which saluted the Army Birthday/Flag Day June 14. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

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