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President George W. Bush salutes navy personnel aboard the USS Enterprise in Norfolk, Va., on the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack Dec. 7, 2001. "Today we take special pride that one of our former enemies is now among America's finest friends," said the President. "We're grateful to our ally, Japan, and to its good people. Today our two Navies are working side by side in the fight against terror." Sailors listen to President George W. Bush aboard the USS Enterprise in Norfolk, Va., on the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack Dec. 7, 2001. "Today is an anniversary of a tragedy for the United States Navy," said the President. "Yet, out of that tragedy, America built the strongest Navy in the world. And there is no better symbol of that strength than the USS Enterprise." President George W. Bush meets with members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Cabinet Room Oct. 24, 2001. Pictured, from left, are Admiral William J. Fallon, Vice Chairman for Naval Operations; General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff of the United States Army; General Peter Pace, Vice Chairman of the United States Marine Corps; and General Michael J. Williams, Assistant Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Cadets pay their respects to the victims of the World Trade Center disaster at Ground Zero in New York, Sept. 11, 2002. "For members of our military, it's been a year of sacrifice and service far from home," said the President. "For all Americans, it has been a year of adjustment, of coming to terms with the difficult knowledge that our nation has determined enemies, and that we are not invulnerable to their attacks." President George W. Bush prays with troops before sharing Thanksgiving dinner at Fort Campbell, Ky., Nov. 21, 2001. "This Thanksgiving, Americans are especially thankful for our freedom," said the President. And we are especially thankful to you, the people who keep us free."
President George W. Bush meets with military personnel aboard the USS Enterprise in Norfolk, Va., Dec. 7, 2001. "When America looks at you, the young men and women who defend us today, we are grateful," said the President. "On behalf of the people of the United States, I thank you for your commitment, your dedication and your courage." Family members of Air Force personnel place their hands over their hearts at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 16, 2002. "I'm honored to be in a place where people understand the need for sacrifice and patriotism," said the President. "And I've come to Alaska to let you know that I'm proud of our United States military; that when I sent you into action, I knew you would not let this nation down." President George W. Bush addresses soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., Nov. 21, 2001. "These have been hard months for Americans," said the President. "Yet, this Thanksgiving we have so much to be thankful for. We're thankful for the love of our families. We're thankful for the goodness and generosity of our fellow citizens. We're thankful for the freedoms of our country. And we're so very thankful to you, the men and women who wear our uniform." Members of the American Legion hold flags during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2002. "This is a place of national mourning and national memory," said the President. "We remember those who served America by fighting and dying on the field of battle. And we remember those veterans who lived on for many decades to serve America in many ways." Welcoming President George W. Bush, marines carry the United States and Marine Corps flags at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 29, 2001. "Camp Pendleton serves as the launching pad for what Marines do deploy rapidly so you can be the first on the scene wherever freedom and America's interests are threatened," said the President. "Today, you carry forward this proud tradition, ready to answer when America calls."

As America makes progress in the war on terror, our armed forces fight bravely to uphold universal values of freedom. From military academies and training grounds, to the front lines of battle, the men and women of America's services face danger with resolve and strength of character.

In these times of conflict, America honors all veterans who have fought before us, and those who currently battle by air, land and sea. Through photographs that capture the heart and will of our armed forces, we say thank you to those who serve.