Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world.

And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in this history of mankind.

Mankind -- that word should have new meaning for all of us today.

Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom

Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution -- but from annihilation.

And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday,

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