IRCC residents dance the night away at annual Army Ball


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Retired U.S. Army Col. Lee Wyatt commands the dance floor.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Pish Pishdad

Retired United States soldiers at Indian River Colony Club dusted off their dress uniforms on Thursday, June 14 to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the U.S. Army.

Approximately 220 people from the 55-and-older community 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.

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 retired Brig. Gen. Jack Hammond, who recounted his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hammond is a resident of IRCC.

Dessert was a large birthday cake for the Army, with the first cut made with a ceremonial saber. In a time-honored tradition, the oldest soldier in attendance presented the youngest soldier with a piece of cake to signify 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.

Cheryl Morris, the president of the Army Wives Club, said some traditions are well-worth preserving.

“Our Army veterans look forward to this event all year long,” Morris said. “It is always wonderful to see the dress uniforms and military decorations worn so proudly. I think we all stand 2 inches taller on the night of the Army Ball.”