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Thanksgiving Message to the Troops From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2001 – Each year, on Thanksgiving Day America's brave sons and daughters have, time and again, answered the call to defend this great country and our way of life.

On this Thanksgiving Day, we are again engaged in a global conflict fighting to defend our freedoms and our way of life. A new generation of courageous soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen has answered the call, and together we will prevail in the challenge ahead. To all of you in uniform today, thank you for your service to our great Nation. Your dedication to duty and selfless service are truly a blessing to us all.

On this special American holiday, a day when duty will keep many of you away from home and separated from family and loved ones, the Joint Chiefs of Staff join me in sending you and your families our best wishes. You are in our thoughts and prayers and in the thoughts and prayers of each citizen of our Nation. May God bless you and may God bless America.

RICHARD B. MYERS Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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