Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

2008 Army Birthday Message

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

2008 Army Birthday Message

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Since June 14, 1775, the magnificent Soldiers, Families, and Civilians of America's Army have sacrificed personal comfort and safety so that others can live in freedom. Our sacrifices have preserved our way of life, built a better future for others, and led our Nation to victory over our enemies.

In this, our 233rd year, we find our Nation at war. For six years, our Army has been a leader in this war liberating over 50 million people from tyranny and oppression and giving them hope for the future. Inspired by these efforts, almost 300,000 men and women enlisted or reenlisted just last year in America's Army--Active, National Guard an Reserve. This type of dedication is what makes our Army the Strength of the Nation.

Not everyone recognizes it day-to-day, but we are at war against a global extremist terrorist network seeking to attack and destroy our way of life. This is not a foe that will give up easily. They must be defeated.

Faced with such a long and difficult struggle, and with so much at stake, it is important to remind ourselves that our military exists to field forces for victory just as we did in 1775. …

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