Your Opportunity To Say Thanks
On August 31, 2010, President Obama will mark the end of America’s combat mission in Iraq. To celebrate, the President kicks off 'Saluting Service In Iraq'.
The White House is encouraging you to sign up and give your remarks via various social networking venues.
YouTube: Post a video response to the President's message (seen below) on the White House YouTube channel or tag your video with SaluteTroops.
Facebook: There are several ways to salute on facebook, you can update your status, change your profile picture or post your message of thanks on the White House Facebook Page.
Twitter: Use the hashtag #salutetroops in your Twitter message.
Flickr: Salute the troops on Flickr with a photo and message by using the tag SaluteTroops.
WhiteHouse.gov: Submit messages via a whitehouse.gov online form.
In July, Vice President Biden welcomed home the 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Iraq.
When President Obama took office in January 2009, there were 144,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. At his Camp Lejeune speech on February 27, 2009, President Obama announced that the United States would end its combat mission on August 31, 2010, and retain a transitional force of up to 50,000 U.S. troops to train and advise Iraqi Security Forces; conduct partnered and targeted counter-terrorism operations; and protect ongoing U.S. civilian and military efforts.