ARMED FORCES DAY MESSAGE

Date Signed: 6/13/2007
ALMARS Active Number: 026/07

UNCLAS 141902Z MAY 07
CMC WASHINGTON DC(UC)
AL ALMAR(UC)
ALMAR
ALMAR 026/07
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CMC//
SUBJ/ARMED FORCES DAY MESSAGE//
POC/M.E. BELL/SGT/CMC STAFF GROUP/-/TEL:(703) 614-2326//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. ESTABLISHED IN 1950, THE OBSERVATION
OF ARMED FORCES DAY CONTINUES TO PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT
OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MILITARY COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE OUR
UNIQUE CAPABILITIES WITH THE CITIZENS OF AMERICA.  THIS
DAY NOT ONLY REINFORCES THE PUBLIC'S UNDERSTANDING OF
OUR ROLE IN SOCIETY BUT ALSO REMINDS US OF THE COST OF
FREEDOM. 
2.  ON ARMED FORCES DAY IN 1963, PRESIDENT KENNEDY STATED
THAT OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN ARE,"...EVIDENCE OF A HARSH
BUT INESCAPABLE TRUTH, THAT THE SURVIVAL OF FREEDOM
REQUIRES GREAT COST AND COMMITMENT AND GREAT PERSONAL
SACRIFICE."  THOSE WORDS CERTAINLY RING TRUE TODAY AS
AMERICA HAS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MARINES, SAILORS,
SOLDIERS, AIRMEN, AND COASTGUARDSMEN SERVING IN IRAQ AND
AFGHANISTAN, AND MANY THOUSANDS MORE FORWARD DEPLOYED TO
AUSTERE LOCATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE SECURING OUR FREEDOMS. 
THE COURAGEOUS EFFORTS OF OUR ARMED SERVICES TO PROTECT THE
HOMELAND AND BRING HOPE AND SECURITY TO SO MANY THROUGHOUT
THIS WORLD ARE TRULY INSPIRATIONAL AND A TESTAMENT TO OUR
NATIONAL RESOLVE.    
3.  AS WE OBSERVE ARMED FORCES DAY, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT
YOU HAVE THE FIRM SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE
CONTINUING FIGHT TO WIN THIS LONG WAR. KNOW ALSO THAT YOUR
MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS OVER THE PAST YEAR ARE VITAL TO OUR
CONTINUING NATIONAL SECURITY.  SEMPER FIDELIS, MARINES! 
JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT
OF THE MARINE CORPS.//