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NY Army National Guard mark US Army’s 242nd birthday

ALBANY, N. Y. Members of the New York Army National Guard will gather at the upstate headquarters on the occasion of the 242nd anniversary of the United States Army.

Wednesday afternoon ceremony will be held at the state Division of Military and Maritime Affairs facility in the Albany suburb of Latham.

State officials say that the traditional cake-cutting ceremony for the Army’s birthday will feature one of the oldest soldiers and one of the youngest soldiers of the National Guard: Lt.-Col. James Freehart, who has 36 years in the army, and an 18-year-old Pfc. Jade Richards.

Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields, commander of the New York Army National Guard, will be with them.

The U.S. Army is the opinion of June 14, her birthday. That is the day in 1775 when the Continental Congress voted to create the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

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This story is corrected to show Freehart the rank of colonel, not lieutenant-colonel.

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