MILITARY FAMILY MONTH

Date Signed: 5/14/2008
ALMARS Active Number: 042/07

UNCLASSIFIED//
DTG (ZULU) 270934Z SEP 07
ALMAR 042/07
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/MILITARY FAMILY MONTH//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/

1.  THIS NOVEMBER MARKS THE 12TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF MILITARY FAMILY
MONTH. SPONSORED BY THE ARMED SERVICES YMCA AND ENDORSED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THIS ANNUAL OBSERVANCE DEMONSTRATES
THE NATION'S SUPPORT FOR, AND COMMITMENT TO, THE FAMILIES OF MILITARY PERSONNEL.

2.  RECOGNIZING THE SACRIFICES THAT MILITARY FAMILIES MAKE EVERY DAY HAS
NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT AS WE SUSTAIN THE MOMENTUM IN THE WAR ON TERROR.
AS WITH PREVIOUS GENERATIONS, TODAY'S MARINE FAMILIES ARE RISING TO THE
CHALLENGE OF SUPPORTING THEIR MARINES THROUGH MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENTS AND
INTENSIVE TRAINING SCHEDULES.  THE DEDICATION AND PRIDE EXHIBITED BY OUR
FAMILIES ARE AN INSPIRATION AND REFLECT A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IS AT
STAKE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

3.  THE LEGACY OF THE EAGLE, GLOBE, AND ANCHOR IS ONE OF SELFLESS SERVICE.
THE COLORS HAVE BEEN PASSED, NOT ONLY TO THIS NEW GENERATION OF MARINES, BUT
ALSO TO THEIR FAMILIES.  WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE COURAGE AND SACRIFICE IT TAKES
TO BE STRONG AT HOME AS OUR CORPS TAKES THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY, AND WE
RECOGNIZE THAT THE STRENGTH OF OUR FAMILIES IS CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS OF
OUR MARINES AND THEIR MISSION.

4.  MILITARY FAMILY MONTH IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE OUR FAMILIES FOR
THE SIGNIFICANT ROLE THEY PLAY IN THE READINESS OF THE MARINE CORPS.  LET US
MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT THIS NOVEMBER TO HONOR THEIR BRAVERY AND RESOLVE, AND
ENCOURAGE THEM TO STAND FIRM.

5.  COMMANDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CELEBRATE THIS OCCASION BY PLANNING
APPROPRIATE SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.
6.  SEMPER FIDELIS, JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINES CORPS, COMMANDANT
OF THE MARINE CORPS.//