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Thanksgiving Day Message

As Written by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, The Pentagon, Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This week, as Americans everywhere gather to recount the blessings of freedom and prosperity that we enjoy as citizens of the greatest country on earth, I want to extend my deepest thanks to you, the men and women of the Department of Defense, and your families. 

Whether serving in uniform or as a civilian, whether deployed abroad or stationed here at home, you are fighting and working every day to secure for all Americans the blessings that we celebrate on Thanksgiving.  I hope that wherever you are, you take a moment on Thanksgiving to reflect on the vital role you play in defending our nation and our values, and take pride in the contribution you have made to help make America more safe and secure. 

I know that for service members on deployment and for their families back home, this time of year is especially difficult to be away from loved ones.  But I also know that what you are doing, on this day and every day, is making a profound difference for the country.  America is blessed that there are those who are willing to fight and die for all of us, and I know that all Americans will keep you in their thoughts and prayers this Thanksgiving. 

You give this country its spirit and strength, and you give me hope and confidence in a better future.  We are thankful to God for his blessings on our nation, our families, and our men and women in uniform.  Thank you again and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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