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National Military Appreciation Month
Memorial Day 2004 Message From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Today America honors the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great Nation. We remember not only our friends and comrades who served alongside us, but also those brave Americans from generations past whose
legacy of service secured our liberty.

This Memorial Day, we especially remember the 60th Anniversary of D-Day — the allied invasion of Normandy. As brave Americans prepared for that monumental undertaking in June of 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, told his troops, "The eyes of the world are upon you!" What the world saw was a tremendous display of courage, honor, and sacrifice. We express our gratitude for those who gave their lives on Normandy's beaches to defeat a global threat to democracy and freedom.

Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF

The White House is calling on all Americans to join in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. May 31 – Memorial Day – to honor those who died in service to the nation. The moment is intended to be a unifying act of remembrance for Americans of all ages. White House photo

Americans Asked to Stop for 60 Seconds to Remember Heroes
WASHINTON, May 27, 2004 — White House officials are asking all Americans worldwide to pause for 60 seconds at 3 p.m. local time May 31 — Memorial Day — to honor America's fallen and to recognize veterans and today's servicemen and women, particularly those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This doesn't mean coming to a screeching halt if you're driving a car, said Carmella LaSpada, director of the White House Commission on Remembrance. "Just turn on your headlights for a moment," she added. "The legacy of those who died to make this country better is something that can strengthen and unite us."

Full Story by Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

With part of the long-awaited World War II Memorial in the background, Roderick "Rod" V. Bell, the assistant project manager, said the sad thing about the official dedication of the tribute to "the greatest generation" on May 29 is that "a lot of veterans that won't be able to see this memorial." Photo by Rudi Williams

Reservist Calls WWII Memorial 'One of Best on National Mall'
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2004 — The sad thing about the official dedication of the long-awaited tribute to "the greatest generation" on May 29 is that "a lot of veterans that won't be able to see this memorial," Roderick "Rod" V. Bell, the assistant project manager of the World War II Memorial, said in an in an American Forces Press Service interview.

"More than a thousand World War II veterans die every day," said the 31-year- old construction engineer, who earned a bachelor's degree in that field at Norfolk State University in 1996. But at least, he said, many now-deceased veterans of the war knew they were being honored at last. "Some of them saw the memorial as we constructed it before they passed," Bell said.

Full Story by Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

High-school freshman Shauna Fleming and country music star John Michael Montgomery teamed up to promote Shauna's project, "A Million Thanks," on the nationally syndicated radio show, "After Midnite With Blair Garner," in Nashville, Tenn., last week. ... Courtesy photo

Teenager, Country Music Star Team Up to Thank Troops
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2004 — When high-school freshman Shauna Fleming launched her campaign, "A Million Thanks," to collect and distribute letters for the troops as part of National Military Appreciation Month, she could not have imagined where it would lead.

Earlier this month, Shauna set up shop under NASCAR racecar driver Matt Kenseth's tent at the Auto Club 500 in Fontana, Calif., to spread the word about "A Million Thanks."

Full Story by K.L. Vantran
American Forces Press Service

Updated: 28 May 2004
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