FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – On June 14, our nation will commemorate the 238th birthday of the greatest army known to history – the United States Army. To celebrate the Army's 238th birthday and recognize 40 years of professionalism and bravery of ready and resilient Soldiers in the all-volunteer force, the Fort Leonard Wood team plans to host a division-style run, luncheon, and streamer ceremony and retreat June 14.
The division-style run for military personnel is set to take place at 5:30 a.m. starting from Gammon Field. The three-mile run allows interservice training units to celebrate the Army's birthday, promote esprit de corps, and take pride in the Army's heritage. The 399th Army Band is scheduled to provide motivational music to start off the event.
A luncheon for Department of the Army personnel is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pershing Community Center. The event features the Army Birthday cake-cutting ceremony by Fort Leonard Wood leadership, along with participation from the oldest and youngest Soldier and DA civilians.
The celebration culminates in an afternoon streamer ceremony and retreat for the entire community at 4:30 p.m. on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza. During the ceremony, streamers, which represent different conflicts throughout the nation's history, are attached to the Army's flag by Soldiers who are dressed in uniforms appropriate to the time of the conflict that the streamers represent.
In support of the streamer ceremony, First Street, from Missouri Avenue to Nebraska Avenue, will be closed beginning at 4 p.m.
For additional information, contact the Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office at 573-563-4145.