Thursday, November 25, 2021
Certainly, we have all been living through some challenging times over the past year, and we have had to confront such impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic as loss, hardship, disruption, and isolation. Yet, despite all of these, we have so much to be thankful for once again on this Thanksgiving.
From the health care professionals and local boards of health who have worked tirelessly to treat and protect us, to the firefighters, police officers, and other first responders who have answered our calls every day, to the teachers and school staff who have done what it takes to keep our students from losing the opportunity to learn and grow, to those among us whose essential nature we now understand perhaps more than ever before, that drive a delivery truck, staff a grocery store, or otherwise make sure we have what we need, to the countless people who are our neighbors that give us strength and hope through acts of kindness large and small, we are surrounded by blessings in our lives.
My hope is that on this Thanksgiving Day we will, no matter where we are or who we are able to gather with, hold those we love and care about close in our hearts, remember those who have made our lives better, stronger, and more prosperous. And to those around the world who serve in our armed forces to protect freedom, we express our deepest gratitude for their efforts that carry us forward to a brighter tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!