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Armed Forces Day 1999 Message to the Men and Women of the Armed Forces

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, April 30, 1999 – Each year on the third Saturday of May, America takes time out to honor you - the men and women of America's armed forces. Armed Forces Day serves a very important purpose by reminding all Americans of your willingness to serve and sacrifice to protect our nation's freedom. Because of you, America remains strong and secure.

This past year, perhaps more than any in recent memory, your skills and commitment have been tested. You have demonstrated professionalism during Operation Desert Fox. You have patrolled the dangerous skies over Iraq. You have saved lives providing relief and rescue in the wake of Hurricane Mitch. And in the Balkans, you have stood against oppression and for our interests and ideals. Time and time again, you have met every test and overcome every challenge with skill, professionalism and dedication.

Celebrations and events will take place in communities throughout the United States as citizens gather to expresses their profound gratitude to you, your families and the communities that support you. Each and every day, the work you do helps spread the blessings of freedom and democracy to people around the world.

Whether you serve in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard, Armed Forces Day is your day. It is a day when you receive the gratitude and acknowledgement you so richly deserve. I salute your achievements and your selfless service. By your dedication and deeds, you have earned the honor, respect and gratitude of your fellow Americans.

William S. Cohen
Secretary of Defense

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