|WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2008 – Military Family Appreciation Week begins
tomorrow, and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, issued a message today noting the observance.Here is the text of the chairman’s message:
month, as we celebrate our blessings, and give thanks for our freedom
to enjoy them, we take great pride in honoring November 21-28, 2008 as
Military Family Appreciation Week.
“Families serve just as their
uniformed service members do. And the military family has rarely faced
as many challenges as our families do today. After seven years of war,
hundreds of thousands of families have served through multiple
deployments in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring
Freedom, as well as many other locations throughout the globe.
the love and support of our military families do more than allow us to
serve abroad. Our families serve at the very center of American
society. They are the bedrock of a free republic which provides for a
common defense – and their commitment to the values of hard work,
self-sacrifice, and moral virtue is a source of great pride and
inspiration for us all.
“And, in this service, some families
have suffered great loss – the kind of heart-wrenching loss that echoes
for generations. We as a Nation owe the families of the wounded, and
the fallen, a lifetime of gratitude and respect for a debt which we can
never fully repay.
“On behalf of my family and those of the
Joint Chiefs, to all our military families, past and present, we thank
you for your service, your sacrifice, and your love. You truly are a
wellspring of our Nation’s honor, courage, and strength. With you by
our side, we accomplish far more than we ever could alone.”
Admiral, U.S. Navy