Hello, and Happy Holidays. On behalf of all Americans, President
Bush and I thank you for your service to our nation. And we salute
your devotion to the values of duty, honor and country. I know I
speak for all Americans when I say were proud of you.
As Americans celebrate the holiday season, we know that for you
this is a season of separation from friends and loved ones. Your
time away from your families helps guarantee that Americas
families can be safe at home. While you are deployed, we feel you
presence across the homeland in our schools and churches,
in the news, and especially in the flags that wave on countless
homes, buildings and cars.
Families display pictures of their loved ones in uniform. Children
make cards and draw pictures of soldiers, pilots and sailors, who,
even by a childs hand, show valor and courage. In the news
and in our mail young people are saying that when they grow up they
want to be just like you Americas heroes.
President Bush and I pray for the safety and the success of your
mission. We join a proud and grateful nation in sending holiday
wishes to each one of you. God bless you, and God bless America.