Indian River Colony Club Formal Event On Flag Day Celebrates U.S. Army 243rd Anniversary

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Retired U.S. soldiers at Indian River Colony Club dusted off their dress uniforms on in celebration of the 243rd anniversary of the U.S. Army. Above, Jeanne and E4 Greg Bernard (Ret), left, and Peggy and Lt. Col. Dave Kobey (Ret) enjoy the festivities. (Pish Pishdad image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Retired U.S. soldiers at Indian River Colony Club dusted off their dress uniforms on June 14 in celebration of the 243rd anniversary of the U.S. Army.

Approximately 220 people from the 55-plus neighborhood on Murrell Road and Viera Boulevard were present at the annual Army Ball, an eagerly awaited formal gala.

After the pledge of allegiance, the Indian River Colony Club Chorus performed a medley of patriotic songs and toasts were offered to the United States of America, to the Commander in Chief, to the U.S. Army, to Troops in Harm’s Way, to the Ladies and to Fallen Comrades.

Dinner remarks were made by IRCC resident and guest speaker, Brigadier General Jack Hammond (Ret), who recounted his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dessert was a large “birthday cake” for the Army, with the first cut made by a ceremonial saber.

Retired U.S. Army Major Dick Starr, 94, with Staff Sergeant Kelton Dunn from the Army Recruiting Center in Rockledge. (Pish Pishdad image)

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In a time-honored tradition, the oldest soldier in attendance presented the youngest soldier with a piece of cake, signifying the passage of wisdom. Steve Kirsner & Company provided musical entertainment, as dozens of former military personnel in dress uniforms and decorations took to the dance floor with their partners.

President of the Army Wives club, Cheryl Morris believes some traditions are well worth preserving.

“Our Army veterans look forward to this event all year long,” said Mrs. Morris. “It is always wonderful to see the dress uniforms and military decorations worn so proudly. I think we all stand two inches taller on the night of the Army Ball.”

Viera’s very first neighborhood, Indian River Colony Club is known as “The Place Patriots Call Home.”

A haven for military retirees, the par-72 private golf course community has a patriotic culture and country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over.

For more information about Indian River Colony Club, call 321-255-6000 or visit their website at IndianRiverColonyClub.com

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