Bush Salutes Military Overseas Through ‘Love’ Program
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President-elect George Bush sent a message Thursday to military forces overseas by way of a national program designed to lift the spirits of servicemen and woman abroad through letters ″From America With Love.″
In his letter, which was telecopied to the U.S. forces in Seoul, Korea, during a news conference on program, Vice President Bush said, ″Your talent, courage and dedication is largely responsible for our America’s peace and security.
″Furthermore, your work has benefited millions around the world who thirst for freedom and strive for peace,″ he said. ″You have a great deal of which to be proud because you carry an awesome burden. As a result, you have our deepest gratitude and pride.″
Tony Amason, executive vice president and general manager of the Atlanta- based Lanier Voice Products company which is sponsoring the program, said the vice president’s message would be telecopied to Army bases in 21 foreign countries as well as to four ships which will be on active duty during the holidays.
Participants in seven U.S. cities - Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, Seattle and Phoenix - will be able to send letters via a facsimile communications network. All other letters will be sent directly to the nation’s capital, where they will be packaged and shipped overseas.
The goal of the company is to reach 500,000 men and women who are stationed outside the continental United States. Amason said there have been 255,000 letters received thus far.
The company has budgeted $250,000 for the program.