Fort Sam Houston soldiers celebrate Army's 242nd birthday

SAN ANTONIO - Members of the fourth sustainment command at Forth Sam Houston got together Wednesday to celebrate the Army's birthday.

Commanding Brigadier General Alex Fink said the Army was formed 224 years ago to fight for the independence of the United States.

"It was the Army that provided the courage and the moral fortitude for our forefathers to actually go forward with the Declaration of Independence, fight a war and then write the Constitution. We have a very proud history, so I think it's very important that we take a few moments on this day and really everyday to reflect on this history and legacy," he said.

Retired Colonel Olin Brewster gave remarks at the celebration and said that the occasion is a good time to remind new soldiers about the history that came before them. 

"Every time we get around the campfire, we need to tell the story of our forefathers so these youngsters never forget the price they paid for us to have that we have," he said.

For those just starting their career in the military, remembering the brave leaders who served before them gives them a sense of responsibility for the Army's future.

"It's definitely kind of daunting if you think about it, because you are now in that same position that they were at one point," said 2nd Lieutenant Kristyn Higgins. 

Wednesday was also Flag Day. 240 years ago, the second continental congress adopted the flag of the United States. 

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