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The Fort Detrick community gathered in Conference Room 3, Building 810, June 13, to recognize the U.S. Army’s 239th birthday.

The Army Flag Streamer Ceremony identified 17 campaigns, beginning with the Revolutionary War and ending with the current War on Terrorism.

During the ceremony, retired Sgt. 1st Class George Fisher, retired Staff Sgt. Dan Roff and retired Staff Sgt. Hugh Warner, veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, were recognized for their contributions to the U.S. military, and placed the campaign streamers on the Army’s flag.

“I want to give special thanks today to the veterans that served in those campaigns, especially the ones we will recognize today,” said U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick Commander Col. Steven P. Middlecamp.

Ellen Crown, master of ceremonies for the event, described the importance of the 187 battle streamers placed on the Army flag. She emphasized the importance of remembering the heritage of valor associated with each streamer placed on the flag.

“The streamers affixed today recount valor and dedication to the ideals of duty and love of country which brought our independence into being and preserves it to this day,” Crown said. “The Army flag and the many-colored battle streamers represent all the Army’s birthdays and the courage and dedication of the Soldiers who were there in this country’s time of need to uphold her honor and maintain her freedom.”

The Army was formed in 1775 to protect the freedom of the first 13 colonies of the U.S. Today, the Army is the largest branch in the military and serves as one of the premier fighting forces in the world.

“As we celebrate this day, remember, you are all a part of the Army heritage and this is the reason we can celebrate this day with immense pride. You are all a part of the U.S. Army—the strength of our nation,” said USAG Fort Detrick Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Richard D. Jessup.

For more information about the history of the U.S. Army, visit http://www.history.army.mil/.