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President Extends Holiday Greetings, Thanks

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2008 – President George W. Bush sent his best wishes for the holiday season and those of first lady Laura Bush to servicemembers around the world in a message broadcast on the Pentagon Channel. Video

Here is the text of the president’s holiday message:

“Laura and I send greetings to all the men and women of the U.S. military this holiday season.

“This time of year, our thoughts turn to rejoicing and reflection, gratitude and cheer, love and peace.

“Throughout our history, love of country and the hope of peace on earth have inspired America’s armed forces, from the frozen fields of France to the jungles of Southeast Asia. Around the globe, today’s men and women in uniform are carrying on that noble tradition. You are helping bring freedom, security and peace to millions in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere, and you are helping to protect the American people here at home.

“Many of you are spending this holiday season far from home, but you are close in our thoughts and prayers.

“I am sometimes asked what I will miss most about being president. Above all, I am going to miss being your commander in chief. Every one of you volunteered to serve the United States, and in this dangerous time, I thank you for making the world freer, our country safer and all Americans proud.

“Happy holidays and may God bless you.”

The president’s message may be viewed on DefenseLINK, the Defense Department’s official Web site, or the Pentagon Channel Web site.

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