Room With A View

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006


On July 4th 1776, an assembly of brave and determined Americans announced to the world the birth of a new nation - a nation borne of ideals rather than of coercion, where the power to govern rested with the consent of the people.Today, amid fireworks and backyard barbecues, we reflect on the meaning of the Independence Day, and we pause to remember the tremendous effort and sacrifice of millions of Americans who have preserved that endowment of democracy in the past and for generations yet to come.Two hundred and thirty years later, what does this day...Independence Daymean to us as Americans? For the Armed Forces and our Soldiers, this day is an affirmation of their Call to Duty, and a reminder of why they put boots on the ground ands risk life and limb to preserve freedom throughout the world.
For 231 years, the United States Armed Forces has played a vital role in the growth and development of our nation. Soldiers have fought in dozens of wars, from the American Revolution through two World Wars, the Cold War, and the Gulf War. We have answered the Call to Duty and had our boots on the ground. And now our Soldiers are engaged in another great struggle to protect our nation and our way of life in the Global War on Terrorism. Our Soldiers are the heart of the Armed Forces. They answer the Call to Duty as they always have, with their sacrifices, courage, and heroism.On Independence Day, it is especially important to focus on the many freedoms Americans take for granted. During this time of great sacrifice for our nation as it fights a war against terrorism on a global scale, our Soldiers need your help in answering the Call to Duty. All Americans can answer the Call to Duty by recognizing their sacrifices and celebrating their courage.On this 4th of July, thank a Soldier for giving up the pleasures of home and family for the hardship of combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.Our Soldiers continue to bring freedom throughout the world. Today, Independence Day, let us celebrate this great day in their honor, and in the honor of the people they are helping to free. Soldiers who answer the Call to Duty are engaged in the noblest work of life. They are Americas sons and daughters, putting boots on the ground to protect our nation and enable others to live free
Today in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in more than 120 countries throughout the world, American Soldiers stand guard, the last defense of freedom against tyranny and injustice. I would like to thank all of our heroes for their service.
It is men and women like you, that make me proud to be an America. I wish you all a very safe and happy 4th of July. God Bless America!


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