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Fort Sill celebrates the Army's 239th birthday

FORT SILL, Okla._Candles, cake and drum rolls set the tone as soldiers and civilians gathered on Fort Sill to celebrate the Army's 239th birthday.

McNair Hall was chosen as the location for the ceremony, which included music from the 77th Army band and also remarks by Fort Sill’s new Commanding General, Major General John Rossi. Fort Sill’s youngest private, 17-year-old Private First Class Smith, was chosen to cut the cake.

"239 years…just think about that. 239 years of our Army, our oldest service, and having a seventeen year old, our youngest private on Fort Sill, come to cut the cake with the Sergeant Major and I. He is now the face of our Army and kiddingly said, ‘Have you ever seen a 239-year-old look this good’,” said Maj. Gen. Rossi.

Flag Day is also celebrated on the Army's birthday. The ceremony on Friday also featured a flag narrative. Many, however, will also celebrate Flag Day on Saturday.

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