Jewish World Review July 1, 2005/ 24 Sivan, 5765

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http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | President Bush made a point of saying in his speech this week that the 4th of July is the perfect time to let our troops know how much they are appreciated and supported by the rest of us back home. By simply typing in AmericaSupportsYou.Mil on the internet you can send a greeting of encouragement and support to our servicemen and women overseas who are fighting for America. AmericaSupportsYou.Mil makes it easy to show your support. It only takes a minute and it means a lot to our brave young patriots who are serving our country so admirably. Write and tell them how proud you are of them.

While we enjoy another 4th of July barbequing hamburgers and hot dogs in the backyard, or going to the beach, or watching a firework display, we need to remember our soldiers, sailors, Marines, and air force personnel around the world that are making it all possible for the rest of us to live the good life. Sure, they'd love to be here at home eating corn on the cob and watermelon and throwing a ball in the park, but they're sort of busy right now. They're busy doing America's work in cesspool countries that most of us wouldn't want to fly over, let alone spend any time in.

Many brave Americans have lost their lives in this war, but their deaths were not in vain. They laid down their lives for a great and noble cause — keeping Americans secure and preserving our great nation. They made the ultimate sacrifice to keep America free and safe from the Islamic jihadists who would like nothing better than to see all of us dead.

Our troops are fighting terrorists over there so that we won't have to fight them over here. Or put another way, when asked the question of why it is necessary to send our troops to that part of the world, someone once replied, "Because it is far better to fight them in the Mid East than in the Mid West." As President Bush has said, "We have taken their war to them." Our brave men and women in uniform know the stakes and that's why they are over there protecting us. They are America's best. Thank G-d for them.

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G-d forbid there should ever be another "9-11." Thank G-d for a president who has made it his top priority to see that terrorists never attack us again, at least not on his watch. G-d only knows what the next president might or might not do in that regard. For the next few years at least we know this president will do everything humanly possible to fight the enemy and keep them off balance so that innocent Americans will be safe at home.

Fly your flag. Fly it on the 4th of July, on the 5th of August, on the 13th of October. Fly it every day. You're an American — be proud.

Write to our troops and thank them. They are a dedicated and steadfast group, but it's important for them to know that the folks back home appreciate what they are doing.

Have fun. Barbeque, toss a ball, play with the kids, spend time with your family, go to the beach, watch the fireworks, and do whatever you want to do to make the 4th a special day.

Happy birthday, America!

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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