Received at the August 15 2005 Reunion

In recognition of the 2005 517th reunion in Savannah, the unit received the following signed letter from the White House.  [We cannot reproduce the letter itself, but here is the text of the note.]


August 15, 2005


I send greetings to all those gathered for the 517th Parachute Combat Team Reunion. 

For more than two centuries, members of our Armed Forces have built a traditional of honorable and faithful service.  When the enemies of freedom were on the march, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen answered the call and demonstrated courage, love of country, and dedication to duty.  Our Nation is proud of your service and inspired by your heroism.

This reunion provides an opportunity for you to renew friendships, share memories, and celebrate achievements.  Laura and I send our best wishes for an enjoyable event.  May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.


(signed) George W. Bush