June 14, 2005, we proudly celebrate the United States
Army’s 230th Birthday. For 230 years, the Nation
has entrusted the Army with preserving its peace and
freedom, and defending its democracy. Since 1775, American
Soldiers have answered the call to duty. They are imbued
with the ideals of the Warrior Ethos and motivated by
an unwavering belief that they will be victorious. Our
Soldiers have understood that our Constitution and the
freedom it guarantees are worth fighting for. They sacrifice
their personal comfort and safety to answer a higher
calling: service in the cause of freedom, both at home
America is at war, and the call to duty pierces the
air once again. Our adversaries have declared war on
our way of life, attacked our homeland, and vowed to
attack us again. America is threatened, and it is our
duty to serve. America’s sons and daughters who
are answering the call to duty are engaged in the noblest
work of life, protecting our Nation and enabling others
to live free.
Today, our Soldiers protect our national interests around
the globe, serving in more than 120 countries. Recently,
in joint, combined environments, Soldiers helped to
rescue two nations from oppression, and liberated over
50 million people. Since then, more than 1 million Americans
have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many are returning
for a second or third time. Our Soldiers understand
that this is a struggle we must win. We are humbled
by their sacrifices in the service of our Nation. Despite
the hardships, and the danger to life and limb, duty
calls, and our Soldiers continue to answer.
Our Nation appreciates your courage, your sacrifice,
and your selfless-service. This week the United States
Postal Service is demonstrating support for our Soldiers
with a special cancellation stamp that commemorates
our Army’s 230 years of service to the Nation.
They are also assisting in the Freedom Team Salute,
a program to send an Army Birthday card to every Soldier.
We thank the US Postal Service for their role in recognizing
the service of our troops. They are joined by a host
of organizations around the country celebrating the
To our Soldiers around the world, our thoughts and prayers
are with you and your families on this 230th Army Birthday.
You are volunteers, doing your difficult duty against
an enemy who does not value life, is afraid of liberty,
and desires to crush the individual pursuit of a democratic
way of life. You are playing a crucial role in the War
on Terrorism, and your dedication to this noble effort
underscores your determined professionalism and tenacity.
We are proud to serve with you, as you place the mission
first and live the Warrior Ethos. You have made our
Army the most respected institution in the United States
and the preeminent land power on Earth. Thank you for
answering the call to duty.
God bless each and every one of you and your families,
and God bless America.