America and its Allies are more active today ensuring our common values of democracy, security and humanity than at any time since NATO's foundation in 1949. To recognize this extraordinary, shared burden, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited four American cities in May 2011 to engage the American public about its critically important role in the translatlantic relationship. He honored the service of America's fighting men and women, meet with students and civic organizations, and talk to the media about the bond that has kept the peace in Europe and North America for more than 60 years.