Fourth of July pays homage to service men, women

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski
Commander, U.S. Army-Pacific



The annual Fourth of July holiday has traditionally been a day of picnics, parades and speeches.

However, it is also a day that can be far more meaningful, and a day that reminds us of our nation’s tradition of service and sacrifice.

Since the dawn of the 21st century, nearly two million Americans have served in our nation’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. From Kabul to Baghdad, service men and women have been risking their lives, not only because of a sense of duty, but also as a voluntary act of courage, conscious and commitment.

This service and sacrifice ethos has held us together as a nation during our most trying times, and it still guides us today.

We embrace service members’ dedication to protecting our nation’s freedoms and values. There is no more precious resource than our Soldiers, and sending them into harm’s way is a heavy responsibility.

We honor the families whose sacrifice provides the backbone for our Army.

We reaffirm our commitment to them — to provide the best that we have and to honor their sacrifice in the name of our nation’s independence.

So this Fourth of July, while our nation enjoys the parades and speeches, we remember the courage and commitment of our Soldiers in harm’s way, and honor their families, whose sacrifices have meant so much to so many.

Be safe, and God bless America.

One Team.

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