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Bush Honors Troops Protecting Principles of Independence Day


July 03, 2005

President Bush, in his July 2 weekly radio address, wished his fellow citizens "a happy Fourth of July weekend" and saluted the United States' past defenders with a reminder that "a new generation is defending our freedom against determined enemies."

Listen to the President's
radio address.

"At posts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world, our men and women in uniform are taking the fight to the terrorists overseas," Bush stated, and upholding a universal principle of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, " that all are created equal, and all are meant to be free."

The president said that in this "time of testing ... The Fourth of July is a day to be proud of our heritage as freedom's home and defender. It is a day to be confident in the future, because the spirit of our founders still shapes the conscience of our country."






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