Americans live in freedom because of the extraordinary bravery, sacrifice,
and dedication to duty of the members of our Armed Forces. From the first
official Army parachute jump 65 years ago, our country's Airborne troops
have played a crucial role in the defense of our Nation and our liberty.
On National Airborne Day, we pay special tribute to these courageous
soldiers who served with honor and integrity.
On August 16, 1940,
the successful first jump of the Army Parachute Test Platoon laid the
foundation for a new and innovative method of combat that helped
contribute to an Allied victory in World War II. These bold pioneers
answered the call of duty and set an example for future generations to
follow. Since the designation of the Army's first Airborne division, the
82nd Airborne, on August 15, 1942, our Airborne troops have performed with
valor. The brave men and women of our Airborne forces have worked to
defeat tyranny, advance the cause of liberty, and build a safer world.
Today a new
generation of Airborne forces is fighting a war against an enemy that
threatens the peace and stability of the world. At this critical time,
Airborne forces of the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force are continuing
the noble tradition of the first sky soldiers. Americans are grateful for
the service of our Airborne forces and all our troops, and we are inspired
by the strength and sacrifice of our military members and their families.
NOW, THEREFORE, I,
GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of
the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United
States, do hereby proclaim August 16, 2005, as National Airborne Day. I
encourage all Americans to honor those who have served in the Airborne
forces, and I also call upon all citizens to observe this day with
appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of August, in the year of
our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States
of America the two hundred and thirtieth.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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