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Secretary of Defense Message

Armed Forces Day Message

May 20, 2016
As written by Secretary of Defense Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

 SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2015

Today is Armed Forces Day, an opportunity for all of us to express our gratitude, our admiration, and our support to the men and women who have answered the noble call of service. Right now there are over two million men and women in uniform, serving and defending our country in every time zone, in the air, ashore, and afloat. They defend American security, American prosperity, and American values, but they're just as important to the security, prosperity, and values of so many around the world. They and the remarkable military families that serve alongside them provide the security allows people around the world to raise their children, to dream their dreams, and live lives that are full.

So today, and every day, let's take the time to show our support for our service members, military families, and veterans who keep this nation strong and safe. To every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman who proudly serves in the armed forces of the United States of America, thank you for your service and your sacrifices. We are so proud of you.