Thanksgiving is a special time for American families around the world. It is important that we take the opportunity, particularly in these difficult times, to remind ourselves of the many blessings we have in our lives.
Like so many people, I am most thankful for my family. My wife, Lori, and my two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn, are tremendous sources of pride and support. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and during that time I hope you will have the opportunity to gather with your loved ones. Though many of us are fortunate to have our families close by, our men and women in uniform are serving around the globe, often times only connected to home through phone, email, or mail.
We all owe our thanks to the brave men and women in our Armed Forces who fearlessly and selflessly serve our nation. Our troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and throughout the world protect our freedoms and keep our country safe. As you travel this holiday season and see a member of our Armed Forces, please be sure to tell them how much you appreciate their courage and dedication to duty. It is because of their sacrifice that we have all the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis.
A few years ago, Lori and I spent Thanksgiving with our troops stationed in Kosovo. That trip, along with many others to Iraq and Afghanistan, has made clear to me the burden our troops carry when overseas. Heavy as that burden may be, our servicemembers remain in high morale and ready to continue to answer the call of service, wherever it may lead them. I’m sure we will all be keeping them in our thoughts and prayers as they fulfill their duties.
As Americans we have much to be thankful for. Our history of democracy has established a nation that respects the rights of individuals and protects justice. Thanks to the service and sacrifice of many, we are able to celebrate Thanksgiving with our friends and family in freedom. I hope that you and your families will have a safe, happy Thanksgiving, and holiday season.