“On this national day of Thanksgiving, the First Lady and I join millions of other Missouri families in pausing to give thanks for our many blessings. The first Thanksgiving in America brought together two very different cultures for a peaceful gathering – a sign that our nascent country was building a foundation of respect for the views and customs of others. That is a bedrock we must continue to build on for future generations of Americans.
“As we appreciate the reasons for the abundance we enjoy, we must also remember that one of the biggest reasons we live in a country and a state that are strong, secure and free is because of the courage and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, both in law enforcement and the military. Many of them won’t be able to join their own families this holiday season because of their service, and we ask that God protect those brave men and women, just as they are protecting us.
“I hope that as you sit down to dinner this Thanksgiving, you will join our family in taking time to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy each day. Georganne and I wish you and your loved ones, and all Missourians, a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving.”