Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 1, 2011

Thank you, Commander Foster for that introduction. I am so delighted to be able to send greetings to each of you attending this year’s annual convention in Minneapolis as thousands of Legionnaires come together to celebrate the rich history of this organization.

For over 90 years The American Legion has served as a voice for our nation’s veterans. It is a place where soldiers can come home to create a community of support and share their common bond.

They come home to rural towns and big cities. They come home to families and newborn children; to eager parents, husbands, and wives looking to build back their lives. And wherever they call home, the American Legion is there to help them.

As this latest generation of soldiers return -- whether they come from Iraq, Libya, or any of the other countries where we have a presence -- your work is more important than ever.

I have seen firsthand the dedication, skill, and bravery of our men and women in uniform. You have stood up against the violent forces of extremism and against dictators. You have prevented wars, secured borders, and delivered food and medicine to communities devastated by natural disasters.

As Secretary of State, I have the great honor to represent our country around the world. And I am proud to know that the American Legion stands as a partner as we advance peace and stability and give more people the opportunity to realize their God-given potential.

It is my great honor to thank our soldiers and Legionnaires -- in the field and in this room -- for your dedicated service to our country.

Thank you.