FORT BRAGG — The 17th annual Fort Bragg Army Birthday 10 mile race took place on Fort Bragg Thursday, bringing out thousands of soldiers, their families and veterans.
It was an early morning start, but thousands of soldiers, their families, and veterans were on Fort Bragg Thursday to celebrate the United States Army and over 230 years of service.
"We are the greatest force in the world and to have a large group come out and celebrate that, and to be together, the comradery, I think its really great,”says, 2nd Lt. Sarah McFarland.
The Army will celebrate its 238th birthday on June 14. Soldiers say these 10 miles represent one small piece of what the army signifies, strength and comradery. And for some, seeing over 2,000 men and women out in support, makes one word come to mind.
"Inspirational, one that they care enough to come out and do it and two that they care enough about the unit that they are in and show support for it,” said McFarland.
Thursday, also marked 69 years since the World War II D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. A day so many remember and continue to honor.
"Always looking back on our history and remembering those that came before us and how we were founded and got to where we are today,” said Maj. Brandon Teague.
"We kept seeing the date, June 6th and remembering all of the veterans from World War II that went on the beaches this morning, so this was a tribute to them and Army birthday,” said Fayetteville resident Dale Dingle.
A run to remember and to never forget.