Thanksgiving Day 2016

Today the president issued the annual proclamation designating November 24, 2016 as a “Day of National Thanksgiving”. I don’t recall if I have ever read any of these declarations previously, and I was tempted today to skip the reading and just note this routine proclamation here and move on to other things.  I’m glad I read this one, because I was particularly struck by part of it. The entire document contains only six paragraphs, mostly routine language, but here is the third paragraph:

“On this holiday, we count our blessings and renew our commitment to giving back. We give thanks for our troops and our veterans — and their families — who give of themselves to protect the values we cherish; for the first responders, teachers, and engaged Americans who serve their communities; and for the chance to live in a country founded on the belief that all of us are created equal. But on this day of gratitude, we are also reminded that securing these freedoms and opportunities for all our people is an unfinished task. We must reflect on all we have been afforded while continuing the work of ensuring no one is left out or left behind because of who they are or where they come from.”

Well stated.

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