U.S. Embassy Kabul Commemorates 234th Anniversary of U.S. Independence

Posted by Jennifer Vitela
July 4, 2010
Ambassador Eikenberry and General Petraeus Commemorate July Fourth in Kabul

About the Author: Jennifer Vitela serves as Assistant Information Officer at U.S. Embassy Kabul.

On July 3, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul celebrated the Fourth of July with a formal reception on the embassy compound awash in red, white, and blue. More than 1,000 Afghan, international, and American guests attended the celebration which also marked the first joint public appearance of the leaders of our civilian military partnership in Afghanistan -- Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry and General David H. Petraeus.

Ambassador Eikenberry and General Petraeus both addressed the crowd and spoke about working together to build peace in Afghanistan. They were followed by remarks from Afghan Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rasool who thanked the United States for its assistance in Afghanistan.

During his speech, Ambassador Eikenberry highlighted the United States' long-term commitment to Afghanistan and stressed that, although Afghanistan continues to face difficult challenges, it will do so with the support of the United States and its partners from around the world. Ambassador Eikenberry said, "Today, we salute the friendship and solidarity between our people, and we celebrate our common purpose. And we remember the sacrifice of the many soldiers and civilians of the United States, international community, and Afghanistan who have served in pursuit of the common purpose."

After the ceremony, guests milled about enjoying ice cream, hamburgers, soft drinks, and other Fourth of July favorites. A photo exhibition titled "Picturing America" was on display for the guests. The "Picturing America" touring exhibition promotes some of America's most significant art images to strengthen understanding of America's history and founding principles. Also on display was various exhibits about successful development initiatives being implemented throughout the country.

The 101st Airborne Division "Dixieland Band" played a variety of music from jazz to contemporary and the embassy band performed American classics.

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donald m.
Virginia, USA
July 5, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

July 5th 2010

The Top General Says, "Win it" then do it. After you win it, get our troops home safe and sound. Then they can protect our borders. We support our troops. These wars have torn our Nation apart. The cost of Billions of dollars, cost of American blood for other peoples Freedom. If were NOT placing our Flag on these countries, then we should NOT be occupying these countries with our security forces. In the bible it says a time for everything, so if the General can Win IT we stand behind with 150 percent. If it cannot be won then get our troops home. I just like to know where the Taliban gets its water from? If the lands in Afghanistan dry up, then where or who is giving them drinking water? Who is providing this service to the Taliban? Water might be the key or solution to winning this war in Afghanistan. If the enemy "Taliban" does NOT have water to drink, how can they fight? Remove the supply lines that support drinking water to the Taliban and it just might help our forces succeed. You cant fight a war if you don't have water to drink.


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