National Military Appreciation Month and Military Spouse Appreciation Day Message

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2007 - During the month of May we honor our Nation's men and women in uniform. You are quite simply the finest Armed Forces in the world, defending the United States against a ruthless enemy and demonstrating remarkable resolve on land, in the air, and on the seas.

With a full understanding of what service to this Nation means, you continue to serve with exceptional courage and personal sacrifice. You represent the best America has to offer. Whether stationed here at home, or working side by side with our Iraqi, Afghan, and Coalition counterparts, your efforts ensure others are afforded the opportunity to live in freedom.

We also pause to recognize Military Spouse Appreciation Day on the Friday before Mother's Day. Our spouses offer quiet strength and untold support. Through long deployments, you sustain our morale with your letters, emails, and the comforting knowledge that your thoughts and prayers are always with us. While we're away, you maintain a sense of stability for our families, providing a constant foundation despite daily challenges and unspoken worries. You serve this Nation as well as anyone who has ever worn a uniform, and for that we are eternally grateful.

The Joint Chiefs join me in thanking our dedicated military personnel and our devoted spouses. America values your professionalism, character, and sense of duty.

General, United States Marine Corps
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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