The White House


July 16, 2001

I am delighted to send warm greetings to everyone gathered in Boston, Massachusetts, to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the USS BOSTON.

The sailors who fought for America served our Nation with honor and distinction. Your sacrifice protected the democratic ideals on which America was founded, and your courageous devotion serves as an example to all Americans. We must always remember that our country has remained strong, since its birth, because of men and women who were willing to fight and die in the name of patriotic duty.

Best wishes for a reunion filled with friendship and memories.

George W. Bush