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Armed Forces Day Message From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2001 – On the first Armed Forces Day in 1950, President Truman called on Americans to recognize "the skill, gallantry, and uncompromising devotion to duty characteristic of the armed forces in the carrying out of their missions." Today, we continue this tradition as Americans are reminded of the hardships our service members willingly endure to keep this great country free and strong.

Our men and women in uniform share the spirit of service and devotion to duty that are the hallmarks of the profession of arms. Like all who have carried the torch throughout our history, today's warriors bear the burdens that make our nation's blessings a birthright for all citizens.

While weapons and technology are important elements in our fighting ability, the magnificent men and women in each of the services remain the core of our military might.

Today, May 19, belongs to those who serve in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. I salute each of you for your dedication, sacrifice and faithful service. Because of you, America is safe, and millions of people worldwide now enjoy an unprecedented opportunity for lasting peace and freedom.

Gen. Henry H. Shelton, USA

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