MARIETTA, Oh.-(WTAP) The National Guard celebrates its 383rd birthday, with the grand opening of a new recruiting office.
Several local officeholders Friday afternoon joined the Ohio guard in opening the new Marietta office at Lafayette Center.
Speakers noted it's located near the site where one of the nation's first armies organized in the 1700's.
It's for U.S. citizens between ages of 17 and 35, who are interested in joining the Guard.
"A lot of people don't know that this is an option for them, a door they can open, with our college option and job skills, and you get to serve right here in Ohio," says Staff Sgt. Bonnie McGrath, of the recruiting office. "We're here to educate the youth and the young adults in Ohio on where they can go and what they can do with an option like this."
National Guard soldiers have been called upon to serve in the conflicts of the last 20 years.
The recruiting center will serve Washington, Morgan, Noble and Morgan counties.