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U.S. Army to celebrate 239th birthday

U.S. Army to celebrate 239th birthday
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:12am

The U.S Army is celebrating its 239th birthday in Baton Rouge Friday, June 13th and you are invited!

Local soldiers and Blue Star Moms are holding a birthday bash at the Perkins Rowe courtyard. It will be a chance for locals to mingle with soldiers and a brand new batch of recruits. "It gives us the opportunity to show the community and the world how we conduct within our standards, our value system and the moral trust we have with community and amongst ourselves" says Major Julius Smith who heads Army recruiting efforts in the Baton Rouge area.

Along with the traditional cake cut by the most senior and the newest Army soldiers, 30 new graduates will recite their Oath of Enlistment. Danasia Jones of Gramercy just finished high school and admits she is a little nervous about the future. "I'm expecting to meet a lot of different people. I'm not expecting it to be easy as far as basic training goes but  I think I can step up and get the job done" Jones tells NBC33 News. Jones leaves for basic training in Ft. Jackson in July.

The Army's 239th will be celebrated Friday, June 13th in Perkins Rowe starting at 10 am. The public is encouraged to attend.

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