2024 Independence Day Message



Team Virginia,
We gather on the Fourth of July with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our nation and the heroism that won our freedom. Independence Day is another great opportunity to recognize the extraordinary members of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force—both past and present.
The liberties that we enjoy today were hard won and have been preserved by the selfless service and sacrifice of so many Americans through the generations. Each of you are apart of this great tradition and we are grateful for your service, your families, and for the support of your communities, employers, and educators.  
As we enjoy time with families and friends, we are constantly reminded that our Nation needs us. Global conflicts, extreme weather, and terrorism continue to threaten the American Way of Life. You are critical to our Nation’s defense. You deserve this time to rest, recuperate, and celebrate. But most importantly, you must be return to your formations ready to do what we do best—win!
Make good decisions, be safe, and enjoy the festivities responsibly. Guard what you love!

James W. Ring
Major General, Virginia National Guard
The Adjutant General
Kelly B. Reich
Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force
Command Senior Enlisted Leader

First appeared on va.ng.mil

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