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Soldiers celebrate America’s independence in Kosovo
ARNEWS ^ | Sgt. Matthew Chlosta

Posted on 07/05/2006 5:25:08 PM PDT by SandRat

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo (Army News Service, July 5, 2006) –Soldiers from the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division and Multi-National Task Force (East) marked America’s 230th year of independence during a July 4 ceremony on the Camp Bondsteel parade field.

Brig. Gen. Darren Owens, commanding general of MNTF(E), spoke about America’s struggle for independence.

“We as Americans can proudly say the Declaration of Independence, signed in 1776, gave birth to the ideals of freedom that others in the world only dream about,” Owens said. “We are free to love, worship and live as we want – but freedom does have a price. Our service here in Kosovo is part of that price.”

“We should pause and remember that those symbols of our power and freedom are reflected in your actions everyday as you brave men and women in uniform sacrifice being with your families and, if need be, even your lives in preserving liberty,” Owens said.

The Soldiers are more than halfway through a yearlong NATO peace enforcement mission in the Balkans. The Soldiers and visitors enjoyed the rush of the final flyover by three Blackhawk and two Apache helicopters from MNTF(E)’s Task Force Talon.

“I felt the importance of the ceremony – the weight of it (the deployment) for the first time with the appearance of the President and Prime Minister of Kosovo (being here). It really makes me feel appreciated,” said Sgt. Levi Frost, helicopter mechanic.

“Today we not only honor the independence of the United States, we honor your service, your courage and countless sacrifices in this distant land far from home,” Owens said. “I do not view the work that KFOR does here as just preserving the peace for a safe Kosovo. I view it in a nobler, more exalted light; I view the great work we do here as part of laying the cornerstone of liberty for generations yet to come. Through your service and sacrifice, you help make every day Independence Day for the United States of America.”

(Editor’s note: Sgt. Matthew Chlosta writes for the 4th Public Affairs Detachment.)

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: americas; celebrate; clintonlegacy; homebychristmas; independence; kosovo; soldiers; wrongplace; wrongside; wrongtime; wrongwar

1 posted on 07/05/2006 5:25:10 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...

Something of news from a war front left over from Gen Wesly Clake and BJC.

2 posted on 07/05/2006 5:26:11 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
We still have soldiers in Kosovo? How is that possible? Didn't Bill the magnificent promise they would only be there a year? Oh, I forgot, Bill's a Democrat. Never mind!
3 posted on 07/05/2006 5:29:21 PM PDT by mort56
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To: mort56

I was thinking the same thing.

Where's our exit strategy? Lets get the troops out now.

Perhaps we should find out if John Kerry has a plan for solving the quagmire in Kosovo.

4 posted on 07/05/2006 5:33:04 PM PDT by CertainInalienableRights
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To: SandRat

They should hold off celebrating until after the Kosovo Muslims stop destroying Christian churches

5 posted on 07/05/2006 5:45:42 PM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: CertainInalienableRights

How funny it is that you mentioned Kerry. I remember when he was trying to get the Serbian vote by speaking in Serbian toasting the Serb people.
Not too much later he was condemning them for trying to keep Kosovo.
What's happening to this country? We give away things that aren't ours.

6 posted on 07/19/2006 12:57:10 PM PDT by Pusomobile
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To: Pusomobile

Sorry, I forgot to mention that this--a mostly Christian nation allows the Albanians to destroy Orthodox --Christian, Churches, Monestaries and cemetaries.
In Alabama three dippy kids destroyed churches and went to trial.

Nary a peep from the likes of Madam Albright--who wrote a book on "morality"???? and Biden, Kennedy, Kerry, on and on.
I wrote my congressman about the above--guess what? No answer.
Then they wonder why you want to fight.

7 posted on 07/19/2006 1:01:27 PM PDT by Pusomobile
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