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 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 Forces.

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.



             JAY OBERNOLTE   

            Assemblyman, 33rd District