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Chairman’s Corner: Independence Day 2010

By Navy Adm. Mike Mullen
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2010 – This Independence Day we celebrate our Nation’s 234th birthday. As this holiday weekend approaches and we enjoy parades, picnics and fireworks, I hope we also take a moment to remember the generations of Americans who have safeguarded our independence.

Today, there are more than 200,000 uniformed American men and women deployed in harm’s way, protecting us. Their steady lives of dedication remind us that our Nation’s promise must be tended to everyday. I won’t forget the gifts of their service far away from home or the sacrifices of the families who wait for their return.

Another way we tend to America’s promise is through our care and acknowledgement of our wounded warriors, their families, and the families of our fallen and our missing in action. For many, their healing will last a lifetime, and our commitment to them should be equally enduring.

President Dwight Eisenhower once observed that freedom resides in “the hearts, the actions and the spirit” of our people. Today, especially, we celebrate everything that Americans do – in both action and in spirit – to render that freedom inviolate.

The Joint Chiefs, their families, Deborah and I wish every citizen a happy and safe Independence Day. Happy Birthday America!


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7/4/2010 6:54:01 PM
I would like to thank you for making note of the worthy men and women who have given all in both death and life, to defend this wonderful country, and give us the freedoms we enjoy in peace and safety. In the chaos of a country seemingly gone awry, there are still MANY patriots who love this country, and who love our military and civil service! So, I would like to thank and also honor those who gave/give their freedoms for mine/ours... for our freedom, peace and safety! I appreciate the service and sacrifice of all Americans and American families who make, and have made, America the Great nation it is! THANK YOU and God bless America! May God also bless our military leaders with wisdom and discernment, and defend our military from bureaucratic opposition, as our military does the honorable job no one else is willing to, defending liberty, and America. A grateful American, Nicole Hearn
- Nicole Hearn, Montclair, CA

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