National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, 2002
November 8, 2002
Our National Guard and Reserve units comprise 38 percent of America's military
forces, and we are grateful for the commitment of these brave men and women.
During National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, we pay tribute
to those serving our Nation in the National Guard and Reserve, and to the civilian
employers whose continued support enables our Reserve component soldiers, sailors,
airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen to defend our country with honor and distinction.
Through their service, National Guard and Reserve personnel play an important
role in our efforts to advance democracy, peace, and freedom across our Nation
and around the world. These dedicated men and women train vigorously and work
closely with our active-duty forces, serving as equal partners in our integrated
Armed Forces. As our need for their efforts expands, these citizen-soldiers
will spend more time away from their families, homes, and workplaces protecting
our Nation and the ideals that make us strong.
As we face new challenges and welcome new opportunities, the continued support
of patriotic employers remains vital to the success of our National Guard and
Reserve. Our volunteer National Guardsmen and Reservists rely on their employers
for essential support and encouragement that often come at the employer's expense.
These employers reflect the spirit of our Nation, and during this week I join
with members of our Armed Forces and all our citizens in recognizing those who
serve in our National Guard and Reserve and all who support them, and all Americans
whose contributions and sacrifices help our military remain the finest fighting
force in the world.
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 November 10 through November 16, 2002, as
National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week. I encourage all Americans
to join me in expressing our heartfelt thanks to the civilian employers of the
members of our National Guard and Reserve for their extraordinary sacrifices
on behalf of our Nation. I also call upon State and local officials, private
organizations, businesses, and all military commanders to observe this week
with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of November,
in the year of our Lord two thousand two, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and twenty-seventh.