Thanksgiving, by proclamation, occurs on the fourth Thursday of November each year. A national holiday we celebrate with food, family, friends and football. Nearly 90% of all households will serve turkey and dressing along with family favorites which vary with from mashed potatoes and green bean casseroles to candied yams and pumpkin pie.
On this day of thanks, it’s good to remember all the bounty that we should be grateful for. Though our government has been polarized by political pundits and social media, we still have the ability to change the system through votes instead of revolution. Let us give thanks.
A majority of us will sit down to an abundant meal with family and friends. There are those not as fortunate who are fed similar meals by churches and charitable organizations. For those who join us at the table and those who volunteer to feed the less fortunate, let us give thanks.
There are those serving in the military who can’t be home with their families. Some will toil for such long shifts that they won’t find time for a Thanksgiving meal. They may have leftovers at the mess hall the following day, but their sacrifices provide us with a peaceful country which can celebrate this holiday every November. Let us give thanks.
Our first responders; police, firefighters, and EMTs give of their family time on these days to protect our communities. Doctors, nurses and medical support staff remain vigilant in case of illness or injury. These selfless acts often go unnoticed. Let us give thanks.
And yes, there are even retail employees who are tasked with opening the stores because Black Friday can’t wait until it is indeed officially Friday. For those whose families have to bid them goodbye before the pumpkin pie is sliced, let us give thanks.
We should all be grateful for those who sacrifice their Thanksgiving for ours. We should appreciate the country we live in, the law we live under, and the bounty we’re provided by all of those who forego the holiday so we can enjoy the day.
Let us give thanks.
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