By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
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)
from the Child Development Center participates in the Child and
Youth Services Army Birthday/Flag Day parade at Fort McCoy June
contributed by Child Development Services)
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
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
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