The United States Army celebrated its 243rd birthday Thursday.
Fort Hood held a celebration where military and community leaders reflected on the history of the U.S. Army.
Then Private First Class Jarius Harris and Master Sergeant Ronald Morris, the youngest and oldest III Corps soldiers, joined Major General JT Thomson in cutting the birthday cake with a saber, an Army tradition.
"Me, just joining the Army, this is something big. First birthday and I'm cutting the first birthday cake. So, it's just something I've never done and never expected to do. So, it's something I'm really excited about, and I'm proud of myself for my choice to join the Army," PFC Harris said.
One hundred and eighty thousand soldiers celebrated across the world today, of which are the nearly 19,000 III Corps soldiers who are currently deployed.
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