Baton Rouge. – More than 40 Baton Rouge area future soldiers will receive their oath of enlistment during the U.S. Army’s 237th Birthday celebration at 10 a.m. June 14 in the Atrium in the Mall of Louisiana.

“The Army has been defending our nation’s freedom and will continue to regardless the tough times. Now, we need to continue to reinforce the decision many of our youth make to serve the nation,” said Lt. Col. Jose Torres, Baton Rouge Battalion Commander. “We nU.S. eed the community to stand behind our Soldiers and continue the great support they always provide. We thank our veterans because they set up the conditions for Army generations to maintain the great readiness that characterize us as the greatest Army in the world.”

The centerpiece of any birthday celebration is the cutting of the birthday cake. Traditionally the oldest Soldier, representing the longest serving Soldier, and the youngest Soldier cut the cake together using the Army saber and cut three pieces of cake, giving the first to the guest of honor, the second to the oldest Soldier, and the third to the youngest Soldier.

Two-hundred and thirty-seven years ago, our Nation’s leaders established the Continental Army, beginning a rich heritage of successfully defending this great country and her citizens. Today, we celebrate the continued honor, loyalty and bravery of our Soldiers in this noble calling.

The public is welcome to attend to witness and celebrate with the Baton Rouge Recruiting Battalion.