Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Celebrate the U.S. Army Birthday, Tell Your Army Story

May 05, 2009 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Celebrate the U.S. Army Birthday, Tell Your Army Story
The U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute Encourages All to Participate

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This June, Soldiers, Veterans, families, and supporters will celebrate the U.S. Army turning 234 years strong. In keeping with the tradition of celebration, the U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute, the Army’s official “Thank You” commendation program, is welcoming submissions of stories including accomplishments, memorable moments, and lessons learned, by those in the Army family.

The U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute Web site, www.freedomteamsalute.com, will feature a selection of compelling submissions, which will also be included in the special e-salute U.S. Army Birthday edition.

“The Army has a long and proud history, one that is celebrated by installations and commands all over the world,” explained Colonel David Griffith, Director, U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute. “We are asking for story submissions so that we can capture the accomplishments and defining moments of our Soldiers, Veterans, families, and supporters.”

Submissions should be 500 words or less and submitted by Friday, June 5.

Topics can be (but are not limited to):

A defining moment in your Army life
A lesson learned from the Army
How the Army changed your life
The reason you decided to join the Army
Your most memorable Noncommissioned Officer
To submit a story, please go to:


U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute was established in 2005 by the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army to give the public the opportunity to thank all U.S. Army Veterans for their service by recognizing them with Commendations. The program also honors and recognizes the Parents, Spouses, Employers, and Supporters of Active Duty, Army Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers. Commendations consist of a personalized letter and certificate signed by Pete Geren, Secretary of the Army, and General George W. Casey Jr., the Army Chief of Staff. Honorees also receive official Army lapel pins and The Salute, a quarterly newsletter that contains information on military history and today’s Army. To date, the U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute program has honored over 1.9 million Army Veterans, Spouses, Parents, Supporters, and Employers.

For more information on U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute and honoring Supporters or Veterans, please visit www.freedomteamsalute.com.

U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute
Lindsey Brothers
Media Relations
Office: 703-325-3965
Cell: 410-977-2082
David Thompson
Media Relations Manager
Office: 703-325-3963
Cell: 301-785-7670

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