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The night of June 14 was one for the books, as the U.S. Army marched into its 244th year, commemorating the day with the annual cake cutting.

The cake is cut by the four participants.

Major General John R. Evans, Jr., Commanding General U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox (far left), Chaplain (Col.) Timothy Walls (middle left), Pvt. Zachary Partridge (middle right), and Command Sgt. Maj. Mario O. Terenas, Commanding Sergeant Major U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, (far right), all participate in the traditional cake cutting for the Army’s 244th birthday at the Sadowski Field House at Fort Knox, Ky., June 14, 2019. | Photo by Kyle Gallagher, CST Public Affairs Office

Each year, the Army’s birthday is celebrated with the cutting of a birthday cake, done by the youngest and oldest soldiers present. This year, 18-year-old Pfc. Zachary Partridge and 61-year-old Chaplain (Col.) Timothy Walls were given the honor of wielding that saber.

Celebrating the Army’s birthday is about much more than age, though.

“I think it’s important that we remember the Army colors, the guide on that has the United States Army’s emblem on it, the Flag, has got 190 campaign streamers,” Maj. Gen. John Evans, Commanding General of the United States Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, said. “From Bunker Hill to Baghdad, 190 different campaigns over 244 years.”

The honor guard folds the flag.

A flag-folding demonstration by the U.S. Army Human Resources Command honor guard at the Sadowski Field House, Fort Knox, Ky., June 14, 2019. | Photo by Kyle Gallagher, CST Public Affairs Office

The people the Army has been privileged to work with, that’s who this birthday celebration is for. There are 1.5 million soldiers and civilians dedicating their time to this force, Evans said.

There are hundreds of thousands of people who have sacrificed their lives for this force.

They are celebrated on this day, and every day, in the Army.