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Presidential Holiday Message to the Armed Forces

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 1998 – During this holiday season, the thoughts of all Americans turn to you, our men and women in uniform. We remember with special pride and gratitude the thousands of you serving our country far from your own homes and families. Deployed across America and around the world, serving in the skies and on every continent and sea, you strive with courage, skill, and commitment to bring to humankind the greatest gift of all: peace on Earth.

While I regret that so many of you will be separated from your families during the holidays, I have seen firsthand the strong bonds of friendship and camaraderie that ties soldier to soldier, sailor to sailor, airman to airman, and Marine to Marine. So, I am comforted to know that, wherever you may be this year, you will be among friends.

And I hope that you will find comfort in knowing how profoundly you are changing the destiny of the world. You are, by your very presence, protectors of peace, the hope for a better today and the promise of a brighter tomorrow. At this season dedicated to the spirit of giving, all Americans offer you our deep and abiding appreciation for the gift of your service.

Hillary and I wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and the happiness and peace you so richly deserve in the coming year.

Bill Clinton

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