Independence Day Message From Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
As we celebrate Independence Day, I want to express my gratitude to the men and women and their families who serve our nation at home and abroad. Thank you for all you do to help keep America safe.
When the Declaration of Independence was signed 238 years ago, 56 patriots pledged their lives and their sacred honor to defend our inviolable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They left a legacy that lives on today through generations of Americans who have made that same pledge to boldly stand up against tyranny, oppression, and persecution. Their devotion to duty is just as strong, as is their willingness to risk their lives for each other and our country.
Those who serve in our armed forces, and their families, have given so much to defend the ideals and free institutions we often take for granted. Their dedication reminds us that preserving America's liberties comes with a heavy cost. Today, as we celebrate our nation's birth, let us honor their service and strive to be worthy of their tremendous sacrifices.
God bless you, our great nation, and all who endeavor to defend it. Happy Fourth of July!
Amen!! Happy 4th of July!!
Very nicely said! I totally agree with you.
Amen to what Chuck Hagel said.
Well put, we're so fortunate to have brave men and women standing guard 24/7 over our nation, protecting our precious liberty!
This is my country, land of my birth, this is my country, grandest on Earth. I love that song and wish we'd all sing it loud and proud. Happy Birthday America!
Happy Independence Day to you all!!!
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