A Message to America
The Chief of Staff and The Secretary of The Army
The United States Army extends its heartfelt
sympathy and condolences to the families who lost loved ones on September
To the brave men and women of our fire, police,
and emergency medical services, as well as military members and fellow
citizens who willingly put their own lives at risk to save others, we
offer special thanks.
We also deeply appreciate the thousands of volunteers
and blood donors who gave so much of themselves in this time of crisis.
The outpouring of support and gestures of friendship from
communities across the nation and friends around the world are profoundly
moving and inspiring.
As it has for over 226 years, the Army stands
ready to defend America—a nation that President Lincoln called “the
last best, hope of earth.” And
so, as we ask God’s tender mercies on all those who have fallen, we also
ask for His guidance and protection for all those who will be called upon
to finish the task now before us.
With the unwavering support and resolve of the
American people and our allies throughout the world, we go forward with
renewed strength toward certain victory.
God bless America!
Eric K. Shinseki
Thomas E. White
General, United States Army Secretary of the Army
Chief of Staff