Today, we mourn the loss of a true American patriot. The first and only American ever to be made an honorary Veteran of America’s Armed Forces, Bob Hope holds a special place in the national security pantheon. He called the troops his "best friends," and he made it his mission to be with them wherever they served, regardless of distance or danger.
To many of our forces from across the generations, Bob Hope’s visits were a taste of home in a far-off land; a moment of mirth in the middle of war, and a loud and clear message to our military that America honored their service and prayed for their safe return.
Bob Hope’s final tour, at age 87, took him to the Persian Gulf and the men and women of Desert Storm.
Although he is no longer with us in life, he will always remain, just as he was, in our hearts -- cracking jokes, boosting morale, and reminding all the world of what it means to be an American.
With profound gratitude for his decades of service to our country, we extend our deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.
VA Secretary Salutes Legacy of Bob Hope
WASHINGTON (July 28, 2003) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi
today offered condolences to the family of Bob Hope on behalf of American
veterans whose lives were brightened by the entertainer during field
performances from World War II to the first Gulf War.
"Veterans everywhere hold a special place in their hearts for Bob Hope,''
Principi said. "For decades, he filled their cold and lonely watches with
laughter and the warmth of memories from home."
Bob Hope set the standard within the entertainment industry for supporting
U.S. troops in peacetime and sharing the hazards of wartime, Principi said.
"He was a link to family and friends, a cheerful reminder of a free society
that can poke fun at itself while cherishing the values for which our troops
sacrifice every day," Principi added.
When a congressional resolution bestowed upon him the title of "honorary
veteran" in 1997, Hope said that he had been given many awards in his
lifetime, but to be numbered among the men and women he admired the most was
the greatest honor he had ever received.
Bob Hope died July 27 in Los Angeles at the age of 100.
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