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

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2002 – Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday dating back to our colonial times. Each November, Americans gather together family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy as citizens of this great land.

This past year has been exceptionally poignant in realizing all that America is and will remain. We are blessed to live in a nation that values freedom and the sanctity of life. And as we rally friends and allies from around the world to eliminate terrorism, we must carry those values with us.

We should also give thanks for the brave American men and women -- soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coastguardsmen and DOD civilians -- active duty and reservist alike -- deployed around the world. Many are spending yet another holiday away from their homes and families. They are protecting the freedoms that every American treasures so dearly. Their dedication to duty and selfless service are truly a blessing to us all.

On this special American holiday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff join me in sending you and your families best wishes. You are in our thoughts and prayers and in those of each citizen of our Nation as well.

May God bless you and may God bless America.

RICHARD B. MYERS

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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