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Today, Saturday, May 19th, 2007 is Armed Forces Day.

The following is an excerpt of Defense Secretary, Robert M. Gates’ Armed Forces Day message.

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 – Today’s servicemembers reflect the same determination shown by those who fought for America’s freedom more than 200 years ago, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in a message issued as the annual Armed Forces Day observance approaches.
Armed Forces Day — always the third Saturday in May — is observed May 19 this year.

Gates said many people are familiar with the opening of Thomas Paine’s treatise called “The Crisis,” written in defense of the then-fledgling American Revolution: “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

Less familiar, he said, is a later passage from Paine’s essay: “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. … He whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”

Paine marched with Gen. George Washington and his men “as they suffered unbroken defeat across much of New Jersey in 1776,” Gates said.

“He felt, first-hand, their lack of supplies needed to wage war or even subsist,” Gates said. “Yet he witnessed many who pursued the cause of liberty unto death.”

How does the left commemorate this day? By bashing President Bush and planning protests.

Send a card to your hometown hero.

Adopt a soldier.

Remember the everyday sacrifices our Armed Forces make.

Read Acute Politics’ account of a trip to Karma.

Check out this article about a community that supports our troops.

There is a renaissance of art on the T-Walls in Baghdad.

Jules Crittenden has a round-up.

There’s more news at the Mudville Gazette.

Continue to pray for all of our troops.

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