Largest Reenlistment Ceremony in American History

I didn’t see much about this in the news. On this Independence Day, let us remember the sacrifice and service of those in our military who willingly risk their lives to defend our freedoms.

From Bob Krumm: Baghdad Reenlistment and How did you spend Independence Day?:

While most Americans probably slept, 1,215 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines raised their right hands and committed to a combined 5,500 years of additional service during the largest reenlistment ceremony in the history of the American military. Beneath a large American flag which dwarfed even the enormous chandelier that Saddam Hussein had built for the Al Faw Palace, members of all services, representing all 50 states took the oath administered by Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of Multi-National Forces Iraq.


  1. John Ayan says:

    In a day when most media are negatively slanted against the war on terroism, we have the opportunity to salute the men and women that reenlisted on the 4th. I’m proud to have served during this country’s war in Viet Nam though I was fortunate not to have gone there. I still believe we should have a draft that compels each man and woman to serve two years for their country. Most have forgotten President Kennedy’s question at his inaugaration, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

  2. Barrie says:

    I agree with you on this topic. I too served in the Military in the USAF during the Viet Nam era but did not serve in Viet Nam. I was stationed in Europe and the US for my tour. I too am very proud of my service to my Country. I was very moved by the re-enlistment ceremony that took place on the 4th. I thank you for your service and God Bless you and God Bless America.

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    John and Barrie – Thank you to both of you for your service to our country.

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