To the Soldiers, Families and communities of the Ill Armored Corps,
On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and formally separated our 13 original colonies from the rule of Great Britain. Days later, the ringing of the Liberty Bell summoned the people of Philadelphia to the first public reading of that declaration. Following the reading of this historic document, the people of Philadelphia celebrated the first Independence Day. Our nation was born on the backs of American Soldiers.
Two-hundred and forty-three years later, the world looks to you – the American Soldier – as the exemplars of patriotism and freedom. You live by values that underpin American society, and the people of our nation admire you for it.
We live in the greatest nation on earth! This is only possible because of those who came before us and stood in defense of these freedoms. From our founding fathers, the Soldiers on the field in wars since, to each of you and your Families serving today – it is the people of America that have made this nation what it is today – the greatest on earth. Whether you celebrate Independence Day at home, or abroad as one of 17,000 Phantom Warriors defending freedom across the globe, know that your nation is proud of you. Thanks for everything you do for our team and for our cherished nation!
Phantom Lethal! Happy Independence Day!