NATICK, Mass. ---- The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) will celebrate the Army’s 234th Birthday on Monday, June 15, 10:30 a.m., in Hunter Auditorium, Carney Hall.
The birthday program will include remarks, a Soldier reciting the Soldier Creed, and another Soldier singing “Hero for Today.” The event will also include a military cake cutting ceremony, where the installation’s oldest and youngest Soldiers representing the Army’s history and future, cut a birthday cake with a saber. SSC Soldiers cutting the cake will be non-commissioned officers (NCOs) in recognition of the Army’s Year of the NCO campaign, honoring those enlisted leaders that have been the backbone of the Army since its birth.
According to historical records, the Continental Congress established the Army on June 14, 1775, in recognition of the militia that defeated the British at Lexington and Concord on April 19th of that year. The militia chased the British troops back to Boston, and set up camp on Cambridge Common to keep the British forces in check. Local militia were still in place in Cambridge when George Washington arrived on July 3, 1775, to assume command of the nation’s new Army.
Today, SSC is the Army’s only active duty post in New England.
Media interested in attending this event should contact the SSC Public Affairs Office to coordinate their visit. Please call 508-233-5340 to make arrangements.