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This country needs to learn from you.
Folks in Washington.
Need to learn from you.
A policy makers and historians will continue to analyze the strategic lessons of Iraq.
That's important to do.
Our commanders will incorporate the hard won lessons.
In the future military campaigns that's important to do.
But the most important lesson that we can take -- you.
Is not about military -- It's a lesson about our national character.
For all of the challenges -- our nation faces.
You remind us.
That there's nothing we Americans can't do what we stick together.
For all the disagreements that we face.
You remind us.
There's something bigger.
Than our differences.
Something that makes us one nation.
And one people.
Regardless the color regardless of -- Regardless of what part of the country we come from.
Regardless of what.
Backgrounds we come out of you're -- this -- one nation.
That's -- the united states military is the most respected institution in our -- because you never forget that.
You can't afford -- forget.
If you forget -- somebody does.
If you forget on a mission fails.
So you don't forget.
You have each other's backs.
You the 9/11 generation has earned your place in history.
Because of you.
Because you sacrificed so much.
For people that you had never met.
Iraqis have a chance to -- their own -- That's part of what makes -- special -- -- -- it's unlikely old.
Make these sacrifices for territory or for resource us.
We do it because right.
There can be no Fuller expression of America's support for self determination.
There are leaving rocked to its people.
-- says something about who we are.
Because the view in Afghanistan we've broken the momentum of the -- bond.
Because of you we've begun to transition to -- -- Afghans that will allow us to bring our troops home from there and around the globe as we brought down.
We have gone after -- Qaeda so that.
Terrorists who threaten America will have no safe haven and Osama bin Laden will never again walk the face of this -- Okay.
Here's what I want you to know -- here's what -- All our men -- women in uniform -- now.
Because you we are ending the wars in a way that will make America stronger.
And the world more secure.
Because of you.
That success was never guarantee.
Let us never forget the source.
Our commitment to the values that are written into our founding documents.
And a unique willingness among nations to pay a great price.
Of human freedom and -- good.
There's so we -- That's what we don't.
War in Iraq we'll soon belong to history.
Your service belongs.
-- Never forget that you are part of and a broken line.
Of -- spanning two centuries.
From the columnists who overthrew an empire.
To your grandparents and parents who faced down fascism and communism.
-- -- Men and women who fought for the same principles in Fallujah and -- the -- Deliver justice to those who attacked us on -- out.
Looking back on.
The war that saved -- -- A great American.
Oliver Wendell Holmes once paid tribute to those who serve.
-- -- -- -- Our hearts -- touched with fire.
It was given to us.
At the outset that life is a profound and passionate back.
All of you here today have lived through the fires of war.
You'll be remembered for.
You'll be honored for.
You have done something profound.
-- your lives.
When this nation went to war.
You sign up to serve.
When times were tough you kept -- When there was no end in sight you found light in the darkness.
Years from now your legacy it will endure in the names of your fallen comrades etched on -- stones at Arlington.
And the quiet memorials across our country.
In the whispered words of admiration as you march in parades.
And in the freedom of our children.
And our grandchildren.
In the quiet of night you were call that your heart.
Was once touched by fire.
You'll know that you answered when your country call.
You serve a cause greater than yourselves.
You helped forge a just and lasting peace.
-- -- -- And among all nations.
I could not be prouder of you.
America could not be routers.
God bless you all god bless your families and god bless the United States of America.
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