Birthday party for the U.S. Army held in Burleson
A birthday celebration for The United States Army took place June 15 at the Burleson Public Library.
Among the dignitaries on hand for the 244th party were Burleson Mayor Pro Tem Dan McClendon and U.S. Congressman Roger Williams, R, representing the 25th District of Texas. Each of them gave speeches.
There were also 12 members of the Future Soldiers Program, Kylee Grissam, Alyssa Gonzalez, Marissa Gonzalez, Colton Lane, Clayton Lunsford, Alexis Mason, Michaela Sessions, Austin Sims, Na Tran, Tyler Underwood, Drake Whitlock, and Bethany Williams.
The Future Soldiers Program was previously known as the Delayed Entry Program.
According to the Army website, many Army recruits spend at least a few months in the Future Soldiers Program before shipping to basic combat training. High school students wishing to join the Army can enter the Future Soldiers Program as long as they would ship to basic training within a year of entering the Future Soldiers Program. Recruits become a member of the Future Soldiers Program after talking to an Army Recruiter and doing their physical and choosing an MOS at their closest Military Entrance Processing Station.
Williams addressed the Future Soldiers saying “I want to take a moment to thank you all. Duty called and you have answered with a resounding yes. Because of brave citizens like you, we are able to live freely in the greatest country in the world.”
Williams added that on days like today he often thinks about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and the words inscribed on the tomb - Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.
“Each and every day the Old Guard, a regiment of the U.S. Army, stands guard at the tomb. They are the protectors of their fallen brothers and sisters, and the protectors of our great nation – enduring more than many of us could ever fathom,” Williams said. “57 million soldiers have served in the Army over its 244-year history. I think I speak for all of us when I say – we would not be the great country we are without these remarkably brave men and women. Those who serve in the U.S. Army truly embody the definition of a solider - a young man or woman that gave up their today so we could have our tomorrow.”
The birthday event featured a lunch hosted by Mr. Jim’s Pizza and Massey’s BBQ. Representatives from Homes for Heroes, Trinity Title and Lillian Custom Homes attended the birthday celebration.