December marks the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan, President Obama declares in his weekly address Saturday.
“Our war in Afghanistan is coming to a responsible end,” he said.
Monday, the president will be welcoming the returning troops from the war-torn region at a ceremony at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey:
Since our nation was attacked on 9/11, these men and women, like so many others in uniform, have met every mission we’ve asked of them. They deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. In more than a decade of war, this 9/11 Generation has worked with the Afghan people to help them reclaim their communities and prevent terrorist attacks against our own country.
“Of course, the end of our combat mission in Afghanistan doesn’t mean the end of challenges to our security,” Obama cautions. He assures that the U.S. will continue to help the Afghan people maintain a stable, secure country and to ensure that the region can never be used again to attack America.
Obama calls on the nation to use “the holidays” to give thanks to the brave men and women in uniform, for those that are returning Monday, and to others who will still be “far from their families:”
As a nation, as Americans, let’s always keep striving to serve them as well as they have always served us.