Fighting for Florida

Every year on the fourth Thursday in November, most Americans set aside their demanding jobs and busy schedules to celebrate their many blessings. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday on which we show our gratitude for family, friends and this great nation.
 
It was in the midst of a brutal civil war when President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. But more than two centuries before that, the very first Thanksgiving was a momentous gathering that marked a lasting hope for the promise of a better life in the New World. Today, America continues to be a beacon of freedom and opportunity.
 
We are thankful for this great nation, where our brave troops selflessly defend the God-given rights that have guided this country to prosperity. We are thankful for this great nation, where opportunity rings even more loudly today than it did centuries ago.  And we are thankful for this great nation, where each generation is born into the promise of a better life, a promise as unique to America as this holiday— the promise of the American Dream.
 
As we gather around the table this year, let us fill not just our plates but also our hearts, with laughter, love and the peaceful reassuring notion of what it means to be truly thankful.
 
From my family to yours, we wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.