National Guard Bureau
WASHINGTON, Apr. 29, 1998 "Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard."
John F. Kennedy
"On the calendar, Armed Forces Day comes but once a year; but you who stand on the ramparts of freedom know that Armed Forces Day is not only a day but truly a way of life."
"Your commitment to defend the fundamentals on which this nation was founded is a noble and selfless endeavor. Whether at home or in foreign lands, you are serving your country with commitment and patriotism."
U. S. Secretary of Defense
"Close understanding between members of our Armed Forces and members of civilian communities is most important to preserve the high level of national readiness necessary for safeguarding the Free World."
Gen. Nathan F. Twining
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
"Armed Forces Day above all, honors the dedicated individuals who wear the uniforms of their country. Each serviceman, wherever he may be, whatever his task, contributes directly and importantly to the defense of the nation. The task of each one is the task of all the Armed Forces: to protect the freedoms which underlie the greatness of America."
Gen. Earle G. Wheeler
Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff