THANKSGIVING DAY MESSAGE

Date Signed: 5/14/2008
ALMARS Active Number: 051/06

R 161236Z NOV 06
FM CMC WASHINGTON DC(UC)
TO AL ALMAR(UC)
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 051/06
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CMC//
SUBJ/THANKSGIVING DAY MESSAGE//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/ 1.  THANKSGIVING IS A TIME TO STOP, REFLECT, AND
GIVE THANKS FOR THE MANY BLESSINGS WE ENJOY AS AMERICANS.  IT IS
ALSO A TIME TO CELEBRATE AND ENJOY THE COMPANY OF FRIENDS,
FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES.
WHILE MANY OF YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO SPEND THIS HOLIDAY SEASON IN THE
COMFORT OF HOME, I HOPE YOU WILL FIND CONSOLATION IN KNOWING THAT A
GRATEFUL NATION REMEMBERS YOUR SERVICE AND GIVES THANKS TO ALL
MARINES AND SAILORS WHO ARE PROTECTING THE FREEDOMS THAT WE CHERISH
SO DEEPLY.
2.  AS WE BEGIN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, ANNETTE AND I WOULD LIKE TO
THANK EVERY MARINE AND MARINE FAMILY MEMBER FOR YOUR MANY
SACRIFICES.  YOUR PERSONAL COMMITMENT AND SELFLESS SPIRIT OVER THE
LAST YEAR ARE INSPIRATIONAL, AND SERVE AS A CONSTANT REMINDER TO
EVERY AMERICAN OF ALL THAT IS GOOD IN OUR CORPS AND OUR COUNTRY.
3.  I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS HOW PROUD
I AM OF EACH AND EVERY MARINE.  YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO ME, TO THE
MARINE CORPS, AND TO OUR NATION.   ENJOY THIS HOLIDAY, DO IT
SAFELY, USE YOUR GOOD SENSE AND SOUND JUDGEMENT.  I TRUST YOU TO TAKE
CARE OF YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILIES, AND YOUR FELLOW MARINES.
4.  BEST WISHES FOR A JOYOUS AND FESTIVE THANKSGIVING AND HOLIDAY
SEASON.  SEMPER FIDELIS, MARINES.  JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S.
MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//