|Thanksgiving Message to the Troops from the Chairman of the JCS |
Thanksgiving Message to the Troops from the Chairman of the JCS
Source: American Forces Press Service. Washington D.C., November 21, 2001.
Each year, on Thanksgiving Day, Americans everywhere join with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy as citizens of this great land. It is a tradition that goes back to our colonial forebears, and it is a celebration that is uniquely American.
The freedoms we enjoy and for which we give thanks on this day did not come without great sacrifice. America's brave sons and daughters have, time and again, answered the call to defend this great country and our way of life.
On this Thanksgiving Day, we are again engaged in a global conflict fighting to defend our freedoms and our way of life. A new generation of courageous soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen has answered the call, and together we will prevail in the challenge ahead. To all of you in uniform today, thank you for your service to our great Nation. Your dedication to duty and selfless service are truly a blessing to us all.
On this special American holiday, a day when duty will keep many of you away from home and separated from family and loved ones, the Joint Chiefs of Staff join me in sending you and your families our best wishes. You are in our thoughts and prayers
and in the thoughts and prayers of each citizen of our Nation. May God bless you and may God bless America.
RICHARD B. MYERS
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.