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Even at 244 years, the Army keeps rolling along.

Team Redstone will recognize the Army’s 244 years of serving and protecting the nation Thursday with the Army Birthday Celebration. The fun begins when the sun comes up – walkers and runners alike can join in a 5K at the Exchange parking lot. The walk/run starts at 6:30 a.m., with participants starting to meet up at 6.

The celebration continues at 11:20 a.m. at the Community Activity Center parking lot, building 3711 on Aerobee Road, with a free lunch, guest speakers, cake cutting ceremony and entertainment. Garrison Commander Col. Kelsey Smith and Command Sgt. Maj. Billy Counts will serve as guest cooks.

“This celebration is much different than others that we’ve had in the past, because not only are we celebrating the 244th Army birthday, but we’re also honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day and recognizing the 50th anniversary of Apollo,” said Stephanie Stone, marketing manager for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which is organizing the events. “We’re going to have guest speakers, so people should come out, learn a little bit about history and meet these honored guests.”

Guest speakers include World War II veteran and survivor of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge Harold McMurran, as well as retired Brig. Gen. Robert Stewart, the first active duty Army officer to make space flight as a NASA astronaut.

Both events are completely free – even that delicious birthday cake.

“There’s just no excuse not to come have lunch on us,” Stone said.

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