Each year, on the fourth Thursday in November, we pause to celebrate a uniquely American holiday. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to individually and collectively give thanks for our many blessings, including our freedom, and those who defend our way of life.

Thanksgiving is a time for Families and friends to gather, relax, reconnect, and engage in time-honored traditions. Enjoy well-deserved time with your Family and friends. Be proud of your accomplishments, and know you and your Families have earned the gratitude of a grateful nation. As you reflect on the blessings of the past year, remember our comrades in arms deployed far from home and their Families patiently awaiting their return.

Our Army is the strength of the nation and our people are the strength of our Army. I thank each of you for your dedication and service, and ensure you travel safely as you visit Family and friends, and I ask Godís blessings on our travels and protection for Soldiers deployed around the world.

Freedomís Guardian!