President Ronald Reagan once
said that, “All great
change in America begins at the dinner table,” and he was right. Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite
holidays because families across America set aside distractions to come
together, share a meal and give thanks for everything good in their lives.
Many of us will be with our loved
ones watching football and sitting around a dinner table to carry on lifelong
traditions. Others will be celebrating their first Thanksgiving and starting
new family traditions of their own. Yet for many Californians, some seats at
the family table may be empty due to loved ones currently serving in the Armed
This is why I believe Thanksgiving is
the perfect time to express our deepest gratitude to the members of our Armed
Forces and their families. Many of our military service members are still
deployed overseas and fighting for our freedoms. I would ask that you
join me in saluting them for their service and sacrifice and ask that you
please keep them and their families in your thoughts this Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving is also a good time to
help those in our community who need it most. I invite you to help share the
joy and generosity of the holidays by serving our neighbors at the local food
bank, volunteering time at local youth programs, or even putting together care
packages for our troops. Even the smallest gesture can have a major impact.
However you decide to spend your time
this holiday, I wanted to extend warm wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving
from myself, Heather, Troy and Hale.
It is an honor to represent you.