Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Americans across the country will sit down
together, count our blessings, and give thanks for our families and our
American families reflect the diversity of this great nation. No two are
exactly alike, but there is a common thread they each share.
Our families are bound together through times of joy and times of grief.
They shape us, support us, instill the values that guide us as
individuals, and make possible all that we achieve.
So tomorrow, I'll be giving thanks for my family -- for all the wisdom,
support, and love they have brought into my life.
But tomorrow is also a day to remember those who cannot sit down to
break bread with those they love.
The soldier overseas holding down a lonely post and missing his kids.
The sailor who left her home to serve a higher calling. The folks who
must spend tomorrow apart from their families to work a second job, so
they can keep food on the table or send a child to school.
We are grateful beyond words for the service and hard work of so many
Americans who make our country great through their sacrifice. And this
year, we know that far too many face a daily struggle that puts the
comfort and security we all deserve painfully out of reach.
So when we gather tomorrow, let us also use the occasion to renew our
commitment to building a more peaceful and prosperous future that every
American family can enjoy.
It seems like a lifetime ago that a crowd met on a frigid February
morning in Springfield, Illinois to set out on an improbable course to
change our nation.
In the years since, Michelle and I have been blessed with the support
and friendship of the millions of Americans who have come together to
form this ongoing movement for change.
You have been there through victories and setbacks. You have given of
yourselves beyond measure. You have enabled all that we have
accomplished -- and you have had the courage to dream yet bigger dreams
for what we can still achieve.
So in this season of thanks giving, I want to take a moment to express
my gratitude to you, and my anticipation of the brighter future we are
With warmest wishes for a happy holiday season from my family to yours,
President Barack Obama
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