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Holiday Greetings 2000 from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2000 – As we approach the New Year, we celebrate the spirit of the season and reflect on the blessings we enjoy as Americans. A nation at peace, the freedom to pursue dreams, and the promise of a safe, secure future -- these are the blessings built on the sacrifice, dedication and commitment of you -- our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and DoD civilians. You remain on duty throughout the holidays, guarding freedom's frontiers with unrelenting vigilance.

During this special season, our thoughts and prayers go out to all who serve -- especially those serving far from home, performing difficult, even dangerous missions, apart from family and loved ones. Each of you is a national treasure, a bright and shining light illuminating the spirit of peace and hope. The difference you make is not measured in the abstract but in the lives you help and protect.

From my family to yours, Carolyn and I wish each of you a joyous holiday and a Happy New Year.

Gen. Henry H. Shelton, USA

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