Grimm joins Brooklynites, soldiers for celebration of Army's 237th birthday
The congressman appeared in the Brooklyn Daily:
Fort Hamilton and Rep. Michael Grimm threw a 200-plus person party in John Paul Jones Park to commemorate the U.S. Army’s 237th birthday on June 14, complete with music, speeches, and even a ceremonial “cutting” of a “cake.”
“He wanted us to celebrate and reconnect with our communities,” Kohler said, adding that soldiers at the base spent the week leading into the anniversary visiting Brooklyn senior and civic centers, and welcoming guests from Fort Drumm’s 10th Mountain Division. The fort also attempted to enlist elected officials for support a few weeks in advance of the birthday bash, and Grimm (R–Bay Ridge) stepped forward.
When Grimm addressed the soldiers and Brooklyn residents assembled for the event, he said his own service as a United States Marine in the first Gulf War made him want to get involved.
“Today, I am reminded of the ideals that burned in my heart when I was a 19 year old who was ready to fight and die for this country,” the congressman said.
Grimm then led a candle-lighting ceremony and a reading of the Army’s history.
The formality ended with a symbolic slicing of a cardboard cake with a saber, then real cake and coffee for everyone under a tent.