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Independence Day Message From the President of the United

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 1, 1996 – The Fourth of July is the most American of holidays. We spread our picnics across lawns and parks, we wave the flag, we march in parades. We fill the July skies with the thunder and lightning of fireworks, and we rejoice with family and friends in marking the birth of our country 220 years ago.

But in the midst of our joy and celebration, we remember that you, the members of our Armed Forces, may be far from the picnics and pageantry of your hometowns on this Independence Day. Whether you serve in other lands or in military bases across the United States, all Americans hold you close in their hearts and minds. For it is you -- the men and women who serve in uniform -- who protect the country we love and the liberty we celebrate on the Fourth of July.

On this Independence Day, you stand for us at home and around the globe, preserving our liberty and helping others to achieve the independence we hold dear. As your Commander in Chief, I echo the gratitude of Americans everywhere and extend to you, your families, and your loved ones best wishes for a safe and joyous Fourth of July.

Bill Clinton

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