The 232-year tradition of the U.S. Army was celebrated and the newest members of its military community were recognized at a luncheon birthday day Thursday hosted by the recruiting station in Heartland Mall.

“As members of the United States Army, you are members of a proud and distinguished part of the United States,” Staff Sgt. Jason Isbell, station commander, said at the event held at Lemons’ Bar-B-Que. “We have seen action in every war and conflict in our great nation’s history.”

The 2nd Continental Congress created the Army on June 14, 1775, the same day it adopted the Stars and Stripes as the union’s flag.

The new soldiers recognized at the ceremony are Pfc. WIlliam Brown, Pfc. Brandon Milot, Pvt. 2 Mickey Warren, Pvt. 2 Cato Platt, Pvt. Starski Sudderth, Pvt. Troy Lee Daniel, Pvt. Karisha Castille, Pvt. Aaron Travino and Pfc. Kolton Saling. Saling has already arrived at basic training.

Family members of the new recruits, most of them 2007 graduates of Brownwood High School, along with members of the Military and Family Support Group, were among those attending.

Isbell’s remarks listed the numerous wars and conflicts the Army has been called upon to protect freedom throughout the nation’s history, from the American Revolution to the current global war on terrorism.

“We find our Army on the offensive fighting terrorists who wish to harm our citizens we have sworn to protect,” Isbell said, “from the mountains of Afghanistan and the deserts of Iraq, to the Philippines and Indonesian jungles. Our Army continues to fight and serve this wonderful nation and her people. Whenever called, we have always and will always be there.”