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Family Matters Blog: Obama Urges Americans to Salute Troops, Families

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2010 – The combat mission in Iraq may have ended today, but the gratitude of a nation for the service and sacrifice of U.S. servicemembers and their families lives on.

President Barack Obama is inviting all Americans to show their appreciation and support for our troops and their families by posting text and video messages on the White House site, “Saluting Service in Iraq.”

Obama posted a video message of his own in which he thanks servicemembers who have served in Iraq and those who are currently serving there.

“Your dedication, your bravery, your courage has made America safer and has helped stand up democracy in Iraq,” he said.

“On behalf of the American people, on behalf of [First Lady] Michelle [Obama], my daughters, our family, we just want to say how much we appreciate what you have done,” he said, speaking to all servicemembers and their families. “It will not be forgotten.

Obama also pledged to care for troops and their families as they re-enter communities throughout the nation.

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, also posted a message of appreciation.

“Thank you to all of you who are serving or have served in Iraq and Afghanistan,” she said. “I’d like to encourage all Americans to commit an act of kindness for a military family.”

The site already is overflowing with support from grateful Americans.

“All I have to say is that every single one of you are absolute heroes,” one thankful American wrote.

“From one vet [Desert Storm] to all others, job well done!” another wrote.

To post a message of your own, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/salute.


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