The President of the United States Salutes the Extraordinary Decade of Military Service by the 9/11 Generation. President Obama at the American Legion Conference on August 30th, 2011 Thank Our Veterans and Pray for Our Troops Every Day! God bless the USA!
The President and Vice President travel to Fort Campbell, Kentucky to pay tribute to troops returning from Afghanistan and the military and intelligence personnel whose efforts led to the death of Osama bin Laden and helped secure America's safety. Friday May 6th, 2011. Full Story President Obama flew to Fort Campbell, Ky., Friday 5/6/2011 to personally congratulate the special operations team responsible for the killing of Osama bin Laden, telling them and the rest of the troops on the base "job well done." Vice President Joe Biden joined Obama in privately thanking the Navy SEAL team just hours after bin Laden's terror network al Qaeda confirmed the death of their leader and vowed to avenge it and retaliate against Americans. Upon their arrival, they were greeted by Vice Adm. William McRaven, the head of the Joint Special Operations Command and the man who lead the covert assault on bin Laden's compound. Also on hand were Brigadier General Jeffrey Colt and Admiral Eric Olson, and Command Sergeant Major Wayne St. Louis, as well as Ann Campbell, the wife of Major General John Campbell, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne, and Marla Schroeder, the wife of Command Sergeant Major Scott Schroeder, the division command sergeant. Both Campbell and Schroeder are still deployed overseas. Obama and Biden met privately with the special forces team that conducted the mission then spoke to approximately 2,200 soldiers and service members gathered in a hangar. "I had the privilege of meeting the extraordinary Special Operations folks...," he told the crowd. "It was an opportunity for me to say for all the world, job well done, job well done." "They're America's silent professionals because their success demands secrecy," he continued. "They could have chosen a life of ease, but like all of you, they trained for years, they're battle hardened, they practiced tirelessly for this mission. And when I gave the order, they were ready." "These Americans deserve credit ... but so does every person who wears the military uniform. This is the finest military the world has ever known, and that includes you, the 101st Division." "Thanks to the incredible skill and courage of countless individuals over many years, the terrorist leader who struck our nation on 9/11 will never threaten our country again," Obama said to thunderous applause. Obama also declared the raid "one of the greatest intelligence and military operations in our nation's history" and vowed to defeat al Qaeda. "We have cut off their head and we will ultimately defeat them," he said. View the President's full speech here: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/president-obama-at-ft-campbell-we-are-going-to-defeat-al-qaeda/ More at whitehouse.gov/
President Obama welcomes a group of wounded warriors to the White House to kick off their fifth annual Soldier Ride. The ride is a cycling event that raises awareness for our nation's wounded warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war. May 4th, 2011 The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in Roanoke, Virginia by a group of veterans and friends who took action to empower and help the injured service men and women of this generation. Wounded Warrior Project Provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. More @ http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse
President Obama praises the military personnel and counter-terrorism personnel who planned and carried out the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden and calls again for the country to come together in unity in remarks before a Congressional Bipartisan Dinner at the White House. May 2nd, 2011. More @ http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse
"Let us forge a national commitment to support our extraordinary military families, not just now, during war, but at every stage of their lives." President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden unveil new measures to strengthen and better coordinate the Federal Government's support for military families. January 24, 2011. more at whitehouse.gov
A portion of the Farewell Address by President Dwight D Eisenhower to the Nation January 17th, 1961 In this clip The President gives and amazing warning to the American people in which he warns of the danger in the rise of "the military industrial complex". COMPLETE TEXT OF FAREWELL ADDRESS Good evening, my fellow Americans. First, I should like to express my gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunities they have given me over the years to bring reports and messages to our nation. My special thanks go to them for the opportunity of addressing you this evening. Three days from now, after half century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor. This evening, I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen. Like every other -- Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all. Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the nation. My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and finally to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years. In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the nation good, rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling -- on my part -- of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together. We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches, and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment. Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity, and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension, or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt, both at home and abroad. Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insiduous [insidious] in method. Unhappily, the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment. Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defenses; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research -- these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel. But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs, balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the cost and hoped for advantages, balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable, balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual, balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress. Lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration. The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their Government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of threat and stress. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. Of these, I mention two only. A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction. Our military organization today bears little relation to that known of any of my predecessors in peacetime, or, indeed, by the fighting men of World War II or Korea. Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States cooperations -- corporations. Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government. Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society. Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow. During the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many fast frustrations -- past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of disarmament -- of the battlefield. Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent, I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war, as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years, I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight. Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road. So, in this, my last good night to you as your President, I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and in peace. I trust in that -- in that -- in that service you find some things worthy. As for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future. You and I, my fellow citizens, need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nations' great goals. To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America's prayerful and continuing aspiration: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its few spiritual blessings. Those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibility; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; and that the sources -- scourges of poverty, disease, and ignorance will be made [to] disappear from the earth; and that in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love. Now, on Friday noon, I am to become a private citizen. I am proud to do so. I look forward to it. Thank you, and good night.
Many of us always thought Gene Simmons & the band "KISS" were a bunch of strange people with their faces painted for performances, etc. But it seems we may have been wrong on this issue. This was filmed in Iraq at a USO tour of a US Marine Base. Play it and spread it to every single person you know. Energy-filled and inspiring!
Honor Our Veterans. 65th Anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa...World War II's Last Battle. The Battle of Okinawa began April 1st, 1945, and ended 82 days later on June 22nd. It was one of the bloodiest and most cruel battles of the war. The main objective of the operation was to seize the large island only 340 miles away from mainland Japan in order to cut the distance B-29 bombers had to travel. The initial invasion, known as Operation Iceberg, took place on Easter Sunday and sustained only 25 American casualties, caused by Japanese kamikaze planes. But the number of dead soon began to soar. In the end, more than 12,000 American troops were killed, with more than 38,000 wounded. On the Japanese side, more than 110,000 soldiers were killed, with an estimated 42,000 to 150,000 civilians dying. Many of the civilian deaths among the Japanese came in the form of mass suicides. As the battle went on and American victory became more imminent, the Japanese Army directed civilians to kill themselves and portrayed American soldiers as barbarians who would soon be on a murderous rampage. The violent nature of the battle and sheer number of casualties was a major influence in President Truman's final decision to use atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Okinawa - At the Emperor's Doorstep" episode from "WWII: GI Diary"..... This old 1978 TV docu-drama was narrated by Lloyd Bridges and told the stories of real soldiers/sailors/pilots and their first-hand experiences in battle. Archival footage and good background music really made the stories come alive.....about 25 episodes were made. Video converted from really old VHS tape.......... This is the story of the invasion and capture of the island of Okinawa in 1945--the last major land battle of WW2.....part 1 of 3.
Show our military there are still plenty of people who appreciate their service and sacrifice. Pass this YouTube video link to every person you know so it will eventually reach every present and former military person across the globe. Love your freedom? Thank your military!!
My bodyguards are the Silver eagles of the Marine Corps. :o) My family Loves you all! Come home safely!