President Obama makes surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan for Memorial Day
The commander-in-chief told his troops that they could also see that support in the care packages they receive from overseas.
“You see it in the kids across America who send you all those care packages and all those Girl Scout cookies,” he said to loud hoots of support.
“Those were pretty popular, huh?
You like those cookies?
All right. I bet you’ll get some more now.”
Obama thanked the troops for their service. ‘The American people stand united,’ he said. ‘We support you. We’re proud of you, and we stand in awe of your service.’
“We’re going to make sure that Afghanistan can never again, ever, be used again to launch an attack against our country,” Obama said.
Obama also told the troops that on Memorial Day the nation will “pause, we will pay tribute to all those who laid down their lives for our freedom.” He specifically paid tribute to the 2,200 “American patriots” who perished in Afghanistan.
“We will honor every single one of them, not just tomorrow, but forever,” he said. “I want you to know our gratitude is shared by the Afghan people.”
He also promised to support the troops when they come home to begin the next chapters in their lives.