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Thanksgiving Day Message From the President

American Forces Press Service

I am honored to have this opportunity to thank the brave men and women of America's Armed Forces f, Nov. 20, 2002 – I am honored to have this opportunity to thank the brave men and women of America's Armed Forces for your service to our nation. This Thanksgiving there's much to reflect upon – and even more to be grateful for.

More than a year ago our nation was attacked, and thanks to all of you, today we find a liberated Afghanistan, and we find that the terrorists are on the run. But more work in the war against terror remains. We will root out all the terrorists who threaten America and our allies. We will not be secure as a nation until all these threats are eliminated. And no matter how long it takes, we will fight the enemies of freedom, and we will win.

This Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for. We are thankful for the goodness and generosity of our citizens. We are thankful for the freedom of America's democracy. And we are so very thankful to you the men and women who wear our uniform.

And thanks to our military, the people of Afghanistan live in freedom and have hope for a better life. Thanks to you freedom is replacing fear throughout the world. And thanks to you we are bringing justice to those who would harm America.

Each and every one of you is dedicated to serving something greater than yourself. You put the protection and safety of others above your own. You are guided by a code, and you fight to bring a promise of freedom to others. I'm honored to be your commander in chief.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. May God bless you and your families. And may God continue to bless America.

George W. Bush

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