While receiving wishes from people around the world, President Donald Trump sent best wishes to the U.S. Army, hailing them as the guardians of freedom, as his 73rd birthday coincides with the army’s anniversary day on June 14.

“As Commander in Chief, I am pleased to join our grateful Nation in celebrating the 244th birthday of the United States Army,” President Trump said in a statement.

“For nearly two and a half centuries, the United States Army has been synonymous with duty, honor, and discipline,” he said. “As part of the most elite fighting force the world has ever seen, our soldiers fiercely defend our national security at home and abroad.”

President Trump emphasized that the U.S. Army has been instrumental in ensuring that America remains a shining beacon of hope and freedom around the world through the Revolutionary War till the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Praising the U.S. Army’s paramount role in the success of Operation Overlord on D-Day 75 years ago and the subsequent victory in the European Theater of World War II, the president said the men and women of the Army now “continue to fearlessly execute their roles as the guardians of freedom.”

“Today, we commend our brave soldiers, both past and present, for their steadfast resolve, their vigilant defense of the values we hold dear, and their love of country,” he said.

“May God watch over all the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families, and may He continue to bless the United States of America,” the president continued.

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