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President Salutes Troops on Holiday Weekend

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2004 – As part of his weekly radio message, President Bush today saluted U.S. service members serving at home and abroad defending freedom.

"This Fourth of July weekend, as Americans celebrate our freedom," he said, "our thoughts are also with the men and women who defend that freedom as members of the United States military."

American troops deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, Bush noted, "are fighting terrorists that threaten America, and helping to build hopeful, democratic societies where the ideology of terrorism has no place."

The nation honors the sacrifices made by its service members, he said.

"One of our greatest sources of pride on this Fourth of July," Bush pointed out, "is that men and women like them wear the uniform of our country."

He thanked "our servicemen and women for standing post," and wished "all Americans a happy Independence Day."

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