Thursday, November 24, 2005

Giving Thanks

Today as we gather with our families to be thankful for what we have been given, let us not forget the sacrifices that are being made by our soldiers abroad in Iraq and other countries. Their efforts give us the freedom we enjoy everyday, and allow us to spend this Thursday with our loved ones.

The Claremont Institute echoes this idea well as they consider the Thanksgiving Day speeches by George Washington in 1789 and Abraham Lincoln in 1863. They close with this:
As our soldiers fight and die in Iraq and around the world, we should remember the wartime wisdom of Lincoln and the founding wisdom of Washington on Thanksgiving Day. Guided by prayer, we should recall our higher purposes. We enjoy the fruits of our leisure this Thursday on account of the wisdom and sacrifices of others present and past.
Thus I give thanks for those who have made this day possible, and I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.