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The 239th birthday of the U.S. Army will be celebrated by the Florida National Guard in St. Augustine Thursday. Laura Caso provides a preview of the planned events. First Coast News

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Florida National Guard will celebrate the 239th birthday of the U.S. Army on Thursday. The event will be held at the historic St. Francis Barracks in St. Augustine.

This year's event is free and open to the public. It's sponsored by the First Militia Chapter Association Chapter of the United States Army.

A cake cutting ceremony with Florida Army National Guard leaders takes place at the St. Francis Barracks, 82 Marine St., St. Augustine, at 4 p.m.

The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775 when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.

The 239th birthday of the U.S. Army commemorates all soldiers, families and civilians who have helped keep the Army strong.

There are more than 10,000 Soldiers serving in the Florida Army National Guard.

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