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Perry Designates Family Week

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 1996 – Defense Secretary William J. Perry has declared the week of Nov. 24 as Military Families Appreciation Week.

In a memorandum to the military departments and senior defense leaders, Perry said, "As we celebrate this week of Thanksgiving, we can also take time to be grateful for the legions of military families who give so much to the military and to the country."

Active duty and reserve component military families are significant members of the Department of Defense team, Perry said. "They contribute to overall morale and substantially enhance the well being of the force," he said. "This past year, military families all over the world have sacrificed along with their military member for the sake of world peace."

Perry encouraged military leaders to plan special events honoring military families during the designated week of appreciation.

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