On June 14, 2017, America's oldest national institution, the U.S. Army, celebrates its 242nd birthday. Many people forget that the Army was created even before the Declaration of Independence was signed to officially make the U.S. an independent nation. If you are in the Army, are a former Army soldier, or simply want to help the Army celebrate its birthday, there are plenty of ways to do so this year.
Events To Celebrate The Army Birthday
With the Army Birthday falling on a Wednesday, many events celebrating the day will fall on the weekend. If you're in one of the areas listed below, learn how to get involved this year!
Army Week June 11-17: In New York City, there are events happening all week to honor and celebrate the Army. These events include the AWA/RWB Lower Manhattan Ruck June 11, an informational Veterans in Transition Panel June 13, a Celebrity Softball Game at Ft. Hamilton June 16, a community service project in Newark on June 17 and more. Go to armyweek.org to learn more about participating.
Fort Meade 5k Run & 1 Mile Walk: On June 10, come out to Fort Meade for the annual Army Birthday 5K Run/1 Mile Walk. The race begins at 8 a.m. at the Fort Meade Pavilion. On-site registration is $25 for individuals or $70 for families.
Stars And Stripes Festival: On June 14, Philadelphia will hold several events at historic locations throughout the city. In addition to the Army birthday, June 14 is also Flag Day and Philadelphia's birthday. The city will celebrate with flag raisings and other ceremonies at the National Constitution Center front lawn, Independence Hall, Independence Mall, the Betsy Ross House and other locations.
Pacific Theater Army Week: At Army installations around Hawaii, you can attend events that celebrate the Army all week. This year's events will include the One-Team Luau Celebration on June 16 at the Wheeler Army Base. Open to military members and their families, the event will feature a Polynesian cultural show, local performers, an obstacle course and more.
Fort A.P. Hill Army Birthday Run: On June 17, head to Fort A.P. Hill in Bowling Green, Va. For the 242nd Army Birthday 10k Run and 5k Run/Walk. Opening ceremonies are at 7 a.m. followed by the run at 7:30. On-site registration is $25 per person.
Army Birthday Triathlon: On June 23, the U.S. Army Garrison at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland is hosting an Army Birthday Triathlon. Participants can either complete the triathlon alone or create a team of three so that one person can complete each challenge. Registration is free, but you must sign up by June 14.
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