AF leaders offer tribute to service

WASHINGTON — The following is a Memorial Day message from Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper:
“This Memorial Day beckons us once again to remember and reflect on the selfless sacrifices of members of America’s armed forces.
“While stories abound on the origins of the Memorial Day observance, one aspect remains abundantly clear – since it was first proclaimed officially in May 1868, Americans continue to enthusiastically honor the enormous sacrifices of all the service men and women who have paid the ultimate price for freedom, as well as thanking those who serve today.
“As the war on terror continues, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our Airmen and their families.
“This year, we are more thankful than ever for your noble service, around the world and at home stations.
“America is forever indebted to you and your families for your commitment to the high calling of defending our nation.
“We encourage you to join us Monday at 3 p.m. local time to observe the National Moment of Remembrance as America honors those who have served so honorably and bravely as uniformed members of the armed forces. A White House resolution in 2000 designated the National Moment of Remembrance as an opportunity for all Americans to commemorate the true meaning of Memorial Day by observing one minute of silence, driving with their headlights on or participating in another appropriate activity honoring our fallen veterans.
“We thank you for what you do every day for America and America’s Air Force. You and your families are among our nation’s greatest treasures and we are honored to serve with you.
“May God bless you and your service, and may God continue to bless America.”
(Courtesy Air Force Print News)