Today is Thanksgiving Day.
It's a day for food, family and football, traditions that help make the day special. It's also a natural point for reflection, a chance to take a few moments to remember the good things in our lives, a chance to make the holiday truly one of thanks.
All of us can be thankful for the communities we live in, places where neighbors still know one another and always stand by to help when problems arise. We must also be thankful for our family and friends, the people who stand with us in good times, but, more important, are there when things go bad.
If you are employed, be thankful for your job, and, please, remember those who are not as fortunate.
Be thankful that you have a warm place to stay and that you have food to eat, and, please, take the time to remember those who are cold, those who have no place to call home and those who know the pain of hunger all too well.
And, while Americans continue to be sharply divided along political, religious and social lines, we must be thankful because we remain a nation that chooses its leaders on a set schedule at the ballot box and always is able to complete the transition of power in a peaceful, respectful manner.
Above all, be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Be thankful that we can worship as we choose, disagree with our government and elected officials and decide for ourselves how we will lead our lives, things that most of the people who live on Earth can only dream of.
Be thankful that there are men and women who are willing to stand guard around the world in the name of the United States of America, defending the freedoms we all too often take for granted.
Have a happy Thanksgiving.