Army celebrates 237th birthday

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 3:09pm

FORT HOOD -- 237 years ago today colonial leaders established the Continental Army, unifying the militias of the thirteen colonies together against Great Britain.

So Army leaders at Fort Hood came together today to cut a birthday cake in honor of the anniversary.

Traditionally the oldest and youngest soldier present are part of the ceremony.

The oldest soldier receives the first piece of cake before passing it along to the youngest, symbolizing the passing of experience and knowledge.

"With me it's more a feeling of, we need to keep giving. The hand off is, is they are the new generation, it's our job to mentor them," Major Timothy Forsting, recognized as the oldest soldier present.

Major Forsting served three tours in Vietnam. He passed the cake on to 18-year old Private First Class Jeremy Martin. 

Today about 94,000 U.S. soldiers are stationed at home and another 94,000 are deployed overseas.  

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