Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Here's Something For the 'Jon Carry' Crowd...

Nearly 600 U.S. Troops Re-Enlist In Baghdad On Independence Day
By Marine Sgt. Jess Kent
American Forces Press Service

Hundreds of troops gathered at Al Faw Palace for the Multi-National Force-Iraq Reenlistment, Naturalization and Independence Day Ceremony today at Camp Victory. During the ceremony, 588 troops reenlisted and 161 were naturalized as American citizens.

Army Gen. David Petraeus, commanding general, MNF-I, gave opening remarks before administering the Oath of Enlistment: "This morning we pay tribute to the American ideals we all hold so dear in several significant ways,” he said. “First, by conducting what surely is the largest reenlistment event ever held in Iraq and perhaps in our Armed Forces’ history, then by celebrating the granting of American citizenship to a group of troopers who have already pledged their loyalty to our nation by putting their lives on the line for it, and finally by observing the 231st birthday of our great country,” he said.

Petraeus said the troops who reenlisted on Independence Day, most while serving on a second or third deployment to a combat zone, have made a decision based on far more than any bonus they may receive.

“No bonus, no matter the size, can adequately compensate you for the contribution each of you has made and continues to make as a custodian of our nation’s defenses,” he said. “Nor can any amount of money compensate you adequately for the sacrifices you make serving here in Iraq or the burdens your loved ones face at home in your absence. And we certainly cannot put a price on the freedoms you defend or those we are trying to help the Iraqis establish and safeguard here in the land of the two rivers.”

Petraeus then dedicated the Independence Day ceremony in honor of two soldiers who died fighting for America before they could be sworn in as citizens.




Anonymous z said...

And naturalized, too? Is that fantastic!!? I loved this story so much, D...thanks for posting it, hadn't heard about it.

Gee, maybe CNN and MSNBC and the New York Times just didn't hear about it.....must be, huh?

ya, sure!

8:58 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Yep, WaPO, the Globe, and the LAT didn't hear about it, either...

12:51 PM  
Anonymous cassie said...

WOW! What a wonderful pic of our men!

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

If you are willing to put your life on the line for this country, you deserve citizenship!
Glad you posted this!


1:10 PM  
Anonymous z said...

Hey, D...I want you to know I took great pleasure in sending this link of this article to my NYC Elitist liberal cousin.

I'd give you a $100 if you'd send that article by Ed Koch. Yes, I could, too, but I'm laying low with her for a bit for the sake of family.

5:02 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Sure, hon--mail me where to send it and I'll be happy to--and for free! (wink)

6:01 PM  

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