Madrid resident participates in 'Spirit of America' performance for Army's 235th birthday
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 12:44 pm

Army Spec. Ryan A. Dunn was one of more than 300 Army soldiers who participated in the "Spirit of America 2010" as the Army celebrated its 235th birthday.

The show is one of the Army's largest community outreach events presented by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, D.C.

The event celebrates the spirit, strength, and history of the nation with Spirit of America.

Performers pay tribute to the selfless service, resilience, sacrifices and triumphs of the American Soldier.

This year's event took place in Pittsburgh, Pa., the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area, and Grand Rapids, Mich., in September.

During the event, soldiers bring history to life with the Spirit of America performance by capturing true stories of those who have answered the call to duty for our nation.

The soldiers dress in historical uniforms to re-enact key moments in the U.S. Army and American history.

The re-enactments include battle scenes with short periods of simulated gunfire, and performances by the Army's elite ceremonial units.

The show featured the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," and soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)--the Army's oldest active-duty infantry unit.

Elements of the Old Guard include the Fife and Drum Corps, the Caisson Platoon, the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, the Continental Color Guard and the U.S. Army Drill Team.

Dunn, an infantry ammunition handler, is assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. He has served in the military for one year.

He is the son of Angela Swinyer of County Route 14, Canton.

His wife, Zonia, is the daughter of Jamie Yogerst of Water Street, Massena.

The private graduated in 2008 from the Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid.