Thanksgiving is a day when we focus less on what we lack, and more on what we have. Each and every one of us, as Americans – whether rich or poor – has at least one thing about which to be truly grateful. We live in a remarkable country where people of all political stripes and all religious convictions are able to disagree amicably without fear of persecution or reprisal.
As an Army and a Marine Corps veteran with five overseas deployments, I know that is not the case in so many other parts of the world. In too many countries, a difference of political opinion or religious conviction is paid for in blood.
I also know what it’s like to be away from family members during long deployments and my heart goes out to the many servicemen and women who are currently stationed overseas – over 50,000 are in Afghanistan alone – and will not be able to spend this joyous holiday with their families and loved ones.
And so on this Thanksgiving, as we sit down with our families to give thanks for our many blessings, let us pause to remember those whose sense of duty and commitment to our nation keeps them away from their families.
Thank you, God bless, and Happy Thanksgiving.