6.jpgOriginally organized by the Continental Congress in 1775, the U.S.  Army is the oldest of the armed forces in the U.S. The original Army was a small militia whose goal was to protect the 13 colonies. While the country and the Army have both changed a lot since then, there is plenty to celebrate on both fronts. The United States celebrates her birthday July 4. The Army turns 240 on June 13. 

With such auspicious anniversaries, the Army and community is pulling out all of the stops to make sure you won’t want to miss the celebration. 

Fayetteville’s hometown baseball team, the SwampDogs, are big fans of the military. Every season the team hosts a military appreciation night. This year it falls on June 13. The players will celebrate by wearing camouflaged jerseys for the night’s game. 

“We appreciate what the military does every day, but being that it is the Army’s birthday, we really want to make it a special night,” said Joe Vasile, SwampDogs assistant general manager. “All the players are really looking forward to it. It is always a special night for us and a way that we can show the community a good time and give back.”

The SwampDogs, known for providing fans with great entertainment as well as exciting baseball games, is set to host its second fireworks extravaganza of the season. Rick Hendrick Toyota and USAA have joined forces with the team to bring this fun-filled night to The Swamp. The first 500 fans through the gate will receive a camouflaged hat compliments of Rick Hendrick Toyota and Foxy 99.

Don’t miss the Army Ground Forces Band concert in Festival Park. Slated Friday,  June 12 at 7 p.m., the concert is a celebration of the Army’s birthday. Patriots and music lovers alike will enjoy the evenings offering. Like many birthday celebrations, this one will have cake, too. 

The band offers performances at local events as well as a summer concert series. Its mission is to provide “world-class music in support of U.S. Army Forces Command headquartered at Fort Bragg, in Fayetteville, N.C. It serves as the musical ambassador of the American combat soldier to the American people, instilling pride in our troops and promoting a spirit of patriotism and support for our nation’s military through the performance of music at the local, regional and national levels.”

The Army Ground Forces Band was organized  on July 21, 1845, in New Orleans, La., as the Fourth Infantry Regiment Band in New Orleans, La. 

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Find out more at http://www.ArmyGroundForcesBand.com or by calling (910) 570-1752. 

Just a short walk away from Festival Park, check out the Field of Honor at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. A joint project with the  Fayetteville Downtown Alliance and the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, the Field of Honor is the perfect place to reflect on the many triumphs and sacrifices of the generations of soldiers that have served their country. Every flag in honors someone who is currently serving, those who have served as well as the men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice for our nation’s security and freedom. 

The Field on Honor is open until June 27. Find out more at http://www.ncfieldofhonor.com or by calling (910) 222-3382.


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