President Calls for Support of Troops During Holiday
By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2005 The Fourth of July should be a time for all Americans to reflect on our freedoms and remember the men and women who have preserved those freedoms, President Bush said in his weekly radio address today.
"We live in freedom because Americans prevailed in the hard-fought struggles of the 20th century, from the Marne and Normandy to Iwo Jima and Inchon Bay," Bush said. "America is home to 25 million military veterans -- and we will always be grateful for their unselfish courage."
A new generation is now defending America's freedom, Bush said, and they and their families should be remembered and thanked.
"On this Fourth of July weekend, I ask every American to find a way to thank men and women defending our freedom -- by flying the flag, sending letters to our troops in the field, and helping the military family down the street," he said. "At this time when we celebrate our freedom, we will stand with the men and women who defend us all."
A good way for people to support the troops is to visit the Defense Department's "America Supports You" Web site, Bush said. This site lists local activities around the country and offers ways to show support, he noted.
Servicemembers are fighting terrorists overseas so they won't have to face them in the United States, Bush said. The lives lost in Afghanistan and Iraq strengthen the resolve to stay until the mission is complete, he added.
"The best way to honor the lives that have been given in this struggle is to complete the mission, so we will stay in the fight until the fight is won," he said.
The Fourth of July is a day for Americans to be proud of their heritage, Bush said, and to be confident in the future, knowing U.S. military operations are securing freedom for others.
"By freeing millions from oppression, our armed forces are redeeming a universal principle of the declaration that all are created equal, and all are meant to be free," he said. "Those who serve today are taking their rightful place among the greatest generations that have worn our nation's uniform."