ARMED FORCES DAY 2013

Date Signed: 5/06/2013
ALMARS Active Number: 016/13

R 061212Z MAY 13
UNCLASSIFIED/
ALMAR 016/13
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS(UC)/F002//
SUBJ/ARMED FORCES DAY 2013//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY, AMERICANS HAVE OBSERVED ARMED FORCES DAY TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR THE COURAGE AND SELFLESS SACRIFICE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. THOSE WHO PROUDLY SERVE IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY FORCES ACCEPT A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY; ONE THAT ENTAILS PERSONAL HARDSHIP, RISK AND SACRIFICE.
2. ON THIS ARMED FORCES DAY, LIKE SO MANY IN OUR PAST, ACTIVE DUTY AND RESERVE SERVICE MEMBERS REMAIN VIGILANT IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM. AROUND THE WORLD, MARINES, SAILORS, SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN CONTINUE TO COMBAT TERRORISM, PARTNER WITH ALLIES, RESPOND TO CRISES, AND PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE. THESE SERVICE MEMBERS, WHO MAKE UP LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF THE U.S. POPULATION, CONTINUE TO KEEP AMERICA STRONG AND SECURE.
3. AS WE HONOR THE MEMBERS OF THE GREATEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD, TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON ALL WHO SERVE AND HAVE SERVED, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO GAVE ALL IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM. TO ALL MARINES WHO HAVE EVER WORN OUR CLOTH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR FIDELITY AND SERVICE TO COUNTRY AND CORPS.
4. SEMPER FIDELIS! JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS./