Year after year, I always look forward to gathering with my family for the holiday season. From eating a meal on Thanksgiving to celebrating Veterans Day just days before, November serves as a month of gratitude and appreciation. Every year, we pay tribute to what and whom we are thankful for, a tradition that holds true for both Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
 
These two holidays have more in common than their close proximity on the calendar. They provide us with a time to focus on what is really important in our lives. A time for us to relax and remember those who have made the utmost sacrifice so that we may be free. A time for us to cherish our opportunity to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
Our military men and women, who sacrifice everything day in and day out, are who I am thankful for this year and every year.  Even on this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, many are sacrificing their Thanksgiving feast and time with family in order to keep us safe. Countless families will sit down to their Thanksgiving dinner without the presence of their loved ones who continue to show their unwavering dedication to our country. Although they cannot fully celebrate in this holiday, let us remember them and be thankful.
 
Veterans Day is a great way to show gratitude to our past and present servicemen and women, and Thanksgiving can be the same.  This Thanksgiving, I ask you to remember those servicemen and women that cannot be with their families. In between lively conversation and savory meals this Thanksgiving, please take a moment and connect with what’s truly important.
 
This holiday season I look forward to spending time with my family as I’m sure you do as well. Remember what you are thankful for and enjoy a holiday with the most important people in your life.  I wish everyone safe travels to and from where they may be celebrating. Have a very happy Thanksgiving filled with fellowship and joy!

 
 
 
  
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