By Tammye McDuff
The day of June 14th holds special significance as National Flag day and the birthday of the United States Army.
As the Army website states, “Two hundred forty-one years ago, our nation’s leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic land power of the joint force, called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries.”
The U.S. Army’s 241st Birthday is officially June 14, 2016, a day to commemorate the Total Army Force comprised of multi-component Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians and their contributions to national defense. ‘The American Soldier-Always Ready, Always Leading’ does so by training, being deployed, engaging and destroying enemies of the United States in combat.
Part of the Army’s birthday traditions is to gather the oldest soldier and the youngest soldier of the community, they take the saber and cut the birthday cake, Sergeant First Class Jimenez and 17 year old new recruit Jesus Gomez of Downey High School had the honors at the Downey Council meeting, Tuesday evening.
Former Councilman and Mayor Mario Guerra said, “Thank you to our Army staff that came to our city council meeting for our Army’s 241st birthday. Thank you for your service.”
Council meeting was concluded in memory of the soldiers who perished at the United Sates Army Military Post Fort Hood, Texas: Staff Sergeant Miguel Vasquez; Specialist Yinming Su; Private First Class Brandon Austin Banner; Private First Class Isaac Deleon; Private First Class Zachery Fuller; Private Tysheena James; Private Christine Armstrong; Private Eddy Gates and Cadet Mitchell Winey.