Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has recorded a video recognizing June as Gay Pride Month.

“I want to personally thank all of our gay and lesbian service members, LGBT civilians and their families for their dedicated service to our country,” Panetta says in his 2-minute video released Friday.

“Before the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' you faithfully served your country with professionalism and courage. And just like your fellow service members, you put your country before yourself. And now after repeal, you can be proud of serving your country and be proud of who you are when in uniform.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The video comes a day after the AP reported that the Pentagon is preparing to hold its first ever Gay Pride celebration later this month.

Panetta's statement follows a proclamation by President Barack Obama declaring June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also released a similar video wishing the gay community a happy Pride Month.

Neither Panetta nor Clinton mentioned Obama's endorsement of gay marriage in their videos.