Armed Forces Day 2000 Message From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
National Guard Bureau
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2000 Fifty years ago, President Truman issued a proclamation establishing Armed Forces Day to celebrate the unification of all the military forces under a single department and to pay tribute to the servants and protectors of our great Nation.
Today, that tradition continues by honoring the 2.7 million men and women in uniform. Scattered across the globe, you enforce no-fly zones in Iraq, patrol the demilitarized zone in Korea, provide a safe and secure environment in the Balkans, and continue to train to ensure responsiveness should the Nation call.
Perhaps the most important lesson we have learned over the last 50 years is that the backbone and strength of the Armed Forces is our people. Although our equipment is top-notch and uses cutting-edge technology, our success remains tied to the men and women who serve loyally, who serve ably, and who serve proudly.
President Roosevelt once said a requirement for a good citizen is that he should be willing and able to pull his own weight. To all the men and women who answered the call to public service, thank you for pulling your own weight and helping make this country the envy of the world. You are truly America's Best, and I salute each of you for your dedication, loyalty, and hard work.
May God bless you and may God continue to bless America.
HENRY H. SHELTON
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff