Panetta: Have a Safe, Enjoyable Labor Day
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2011 Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised the work and achievements of U.S. service members and Defense Department civilians and wished them and their families a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend in a message released today.
In a message addressed to all DOD military and civilian personnel, Panetta wrote:
“Labor Day is the day we pay tribute to the achievements of America’s workers, the backbone of our nation’s economic strength. For most Americans, this holiday is a well-deserved break from work, a time to celebrate with friends and family, a holiday that marks the end of summer, a final chance to fire up the backyard barbeque. Of course, it also marks the beginning of another season of college football.
“As the nation enjoys this holiday weekend, I want to remind all Department of Defense personnel who will be traveling to be safe. Please celebrate responsibly, use good judgment, and make sound decisions while on the road and when you arrive at your holiday destination. Our people are our most-precious asset, and I want all of you to have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
“For the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed on the frontlines of America’s wars, Labor Day will be just another day spent in harm’s way, providing for our nation’s security. It is because of your service that Americans can enjoy this and other holidays in safety and comfort. My thoughts go out to you, and to all of our personnel who must spend this weekend away from loved ones. America owes you a debt for your service in defense of the freedoms and liberties that are so precious to this nation.
“I want to thank all of you for your willingness to serve a cause greater than yourselves, for your willingness to give something back to this country. You are what makes this country great not just on Labor Day, but always. God bless you all.”