Chairman’s Corner: Happy Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2010 — As we reflect on all that we have to be thank­ful for dur­ing this upcom­ing hol­i­day week­end, I want to express my per­son­al thanks to our armed forces and their fam­i­lies. Their pro­found com­mit­ment -– and sac­ri­fice -– con­tin­ues to inspire.

It is also fit­ting that Novem­ber is Mil­i­tary Fam­i­ly Appre­ci­a­tion Month. Quite sim­ply, with­out our fam­i­lies, our mil­i­tary would not be capa­ble of all they do dur­ing this extra­or­di­nary time in our Nation’s his­to­ry. To all of our fam­i­ly mem­bers, we thank you for your ser­vice. You make a dif­fer­ence every day, and we are strength­ened by your sup­port, your resilience, and your love of your mil­i­tary ser­vice­man or woman.

Sad­ly, there are fam­i­lies for whom the Thanks­giv­ing table will nev­er be made whole again. For those fam­i­lies whose loved ones have made the ulti­mate sac­ri­fice, we are mind­ful of your loss and our solemn oblig­a­tion to stand by you. We also remem­ber that oth­er fam­i­lies have seen their war­riors return with wounds, both vis­i­ble and invis­i­ble. Theirs will also be a par­tic­u­lar­ly poignant hol­i­day and I ask every Amer­i­can to keep them –- and our wound­ed war­riors –- in your thoughts and prayers.

Despite these chal­lenges, we must nev­er lose sight of the fact that Thanks­giv­ing cel­e­brates the bless­ings our Nation har­vests through the hard­ships we endure togeth­er. From colonists seek­ing a bet­ter life in the New World to today’s efforts to secure a bet­ter future for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, Amer­i­cans have always weath­ered the tough times with deter­mi­na­tion and a con­vic­tion that brighter days remain ahead.

As we gath­er to give thanks as a Nation, the Joint Chiefs and I offer our deep­est appre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude to our Sol­diers, Sailors, Air­men, Marines, Coast­guards­men and our incred­i­ble mil­i­tary fam­i­lies. No mat­ter where you are or how you serve, may you have a safe and hap­py Thanks­giv­ing!

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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