those who have been to war, or are the family
members of troops who have laid their lives on the line
for the principles of freedom, understand the depth of
significance of what our President did in his visit.
"Ministering" to the morale of, yes,
tough soldiers, is very important...for man is not like
an emotionless creature, no matter how resolved he may
be to "do the job." As a matter of fact,
resolve is as much a function of the emotions as it is
the mind and the will.
I am grateful for a President who understands this
today, as much as I am grateful for the rich history of
Presidents who understood this in the past, such as
Abraham Lincoln who stood in the ditches, visiting the
troops while being shot at. This is part of the
greatness of America that I hope we never lose.
Supporting our troops is important and means more
than sentiment, or even words... but includes action. I
hope each of us are finding tangible ways of showing our
support for the wonderful, young, men and women who are
serving overseas today, far from home...including
keeping them in our prayers.
closing, here are a few highlights from the
President's speech to our troops...
you. I was just looking for a warm meal somewhere. Thank
you for inviting me to dinner.
want to thank the members of the Governing Council who
are here, pleased you are joining us on our nation's
great holiday, it's a chance to give thanks to the
Almighty for the many blessings we receive.
Americans are gathering with their loved ones to give
thanks for the many blessings in our lives. And this
year we are especially thankful for the courage and the
sacrifice of those who defend us, the men and women of
the United States military.
bring a message on behalf of America: We thank you for
your service, we're proud of you, and America stands
solidly behind you. Together, you and I have taken an
oath to defend our country. You're honoring that oath.
The United States military is doing a fantastic job. You
are defeating the terrorists here in Iraq, so that we
don't have to face them in our own country. You're
defeating Saddam's henchmen, so that the people of Iraq
can live in peace and freedom.
engaged in a difficult mission. Those who attack our
coalition forces and kill innocent Iraqis are testing
our will. They hope we will run. We did not charge
hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq, pay a bitter
cost in casualties, defeat a brutal dictator and
liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band
of thugs and assassins.
one of you has answered a great call, participating in
an historic moment in world history. You live by a code
of honor, of service to your nation, with the safety and
the security of your fellow citizens. Our military is
full of the finest people on the face of the earth. I'm
proud to be your commander in chief. I bring you
greetings from America. May God bless you all."