Happy Thanksgiving!

The 8th District GOP wishes a happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Let’s not forget the true meaning of this holiday — to thank God for his many blessings for our nation and to spend time with family and friends.

Here’s a great email from Patrick Murray sent this morning:

Although there are examples of single celebrations of Thanksgiving in the New World dating as far back as 1541 in Texas, the first call for an annual Thanksgiving was at Berkeley Plantation, Virginia, in 1619, when Captain John Woodlief and 38 settlers aboard the ship Margaret, proclaimed, “Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacion in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”

Today we have much to celebrate.  We are blessed to live in a truly exceptional nation – envied by the world.  Our basic freedoms are under constant attack both domestically and from foreign interests yet we endure by honoring Thomas Jefferson’s admonition:  “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

As we give thanks for those freedoms and more endowed upon us by our Creator, let us not forget the eternal vigilance of our brave men and women in uniform.  While we stay warm in comfortable surroundings enjoying a traditional holiday feast, we must remember and give thanks to those who will spend Thanksgiving sleeping in a cold, wet foxhole grateful for potable water to make their dehydrated field rations edible.

The coming years will demand constant effort on our part to preserve the freedoms and liberties established by our founding fathers.  Let us prepare for that effort as we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy and celebrate today.

Honor and Courage,

Patrick Murray

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