Greetings to my Fellow Sons, AMVETS family members, and friends,

On this 4th of July, as we enjoy our picnics and parades, I wanted to share portions of a message that was sent to service men and women in 2002 by then Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

“So today, as in General Washington's time, we take comfort in the knowledge that Americans like you are on guard tonight -- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen. Like the Minute Men who dropped their pitchforks and took up rifles to defend their new nation in 1776, each of you stepped forward to defend America against the new threats of this new century.”

“Through your service and sacrifice, you help make every day Independence Day for the United States of America. Our people are free because your hearts are brave. And so on this Fourth of July, we stop to say to each of you: Thank you for what you do for our country.”

I know everyone will join me in a prayer for those actively serving and all veterans whose sacrifice has ensured our liberty and freedom.

Have a great and safe 4th of July.


With warmest regards,

Harold Collins


National Sons of AMVETS


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