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A blessing to be an American

There has been so much debate over recenty proposed limits regarding gatherings for today’s holiday that we may have forgotten the true spirit of Thanksgiving. And this year, if any, we really do need to be thankful for all that we have.

In a year that no one would ever want to relive, COVID-19 has locked down not only the United States, but the rest of the world. Still, as we gather around the table with family, we all must realize how fortunate we are to live in a nation and communities with dedicated health-care professionals, front-line workers that include our police and fire departments as well as those who work in our grocery stores.

They work not only to support themselves, but to help their neighbors. As has been said maybe way too often, we — as Americans — are in this together.

Our nation itself is a blessing. If we sometimes refuse to recognize that, people from other nations do. Nearly three-quarters of a million of them go through the rigorous process of becoming citizens every year. They are eager to become Americans.

Let us not forget the blessing of living among the most generously compassionate people on the planet. Our hearts ache for those in need, whether financial or otherwise — and we rush to do what we can to assist them. Whether their struggle is financial or otherwise, we want to help.

Our history as Americans is full of errors, some of them exceedingly difficult to reconcile with our ideals. But together, we strive always to live up to those ideals.

We recognize there is no place on Earth where it is more likely that we can be better as a people. Today, then, we give thanks for so many things — knowing that far from the least of our blessings is the fact that we are Americans.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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