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A warm and most sincere Thanksgiving wish goes out to all our troops at home and abroad and their families who support them. Without you we would have little to be thankful for. And for the deployed contractors and their families supporting our troops, your mission is no less important. Be safe my friends. ~Ms Sparky & Forseti
Thanksgiving Day Message
As Written by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, The Pentagon, Wednesday, November 21, 2012
This week, as Americans everywhere gather to recount the blessings of freedom and prosperity that we enjoy as citizens of the greatest country on earth, I want to extend my deepest thanks to you, the men and women of the Department of Defense, and your families.
Whether serving in uniform or as a civilian, whether deployed abroad or stationed here at home, you are fighting and working every day to secure for all Americans the blessings that we celebrate on Thanksgiving. I hope that wherever you are, you take a moment on Thanksgiving to reflect on the vital role you play in defending our nation and our values, and take pride in the contribution you have made to help make America more safe and secure.
I know that for service members on deployment and for their families back home, this time of year is especially difficult to be away from loved ones. But I also know that what you are doing, on this day and every day, is making a profound difference for the country. America is blessed that there are those who are willing to fight and die for all of us, and I know that all Americans will keep you in their thoughts and prayers this Thanksgiving.
You give this country its spirit and strength, and you give me hope and confidence in a better future. We are thankful to God for his blessings on our nation, our families, and our men and women in uniform. Thank you again and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Guard members home in time for Thanksgiving
Conrad Wilson – (Minnesota Public Radio) – St. Cloud, Minn. – November 24, 2011 – Hugs and smiles reunited family members and friends inside a large military hanger at the St. Cloud airport as 70 members of the Minnesota National Guard returned home from nine months duty in Iraq.
All of us at MsSparky.com would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. For those soldiers and civilians still serving overseas, a warm thank you for keeping us safe and secure, we will pray for you continued safety. For those families of deployed soldiers and civilians, we are thankful for your sacrifice and commitment. Lastly, for those who have lost loved ones, a special prayer asking for your peace and comfort will be said at our dinner table today.
I hope you will take a moment and focus on what you are thankful for.
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING,
BUT I JUST COULDN’T SLEEP.
I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS,
I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP.
THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED -
THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE,
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION
WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.
THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR,
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.
GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.
I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
‘TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.
I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY,
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES….
HAPPY EATING TO ALL – PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES ‘N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!
I have been blessed with many things to be thankful for this year. I have an amazing husband and family who are healthy, happy and supportive. Who could want for more than that!
I would like to extend a special Thanksgiving wish to ALL my friends and family. To those soldiers serving overseas and around the world and the civilians who support them…..THANK YOU! To those families at home celebrating the Holiday without their deployed loved ones…..THANK YOU!. For those who will have an empty place at the table because a loved one made the ultimate sacrifice….. a special prayer for you.
Today is a day to reflect and be grateful for those endless blessings bestowed upon you and…….get in one last day before the chaotic American tradition of excessive Christmas shopping begins!
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 22, 2010) — The Defense Logistics Agency shipped about 144,000 pounds of whole turkeys into theater so Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines there can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner while deployed.
By now, dining facilities and other distribution points throughout Iraq and Afghanistan have received the food to be used in preparing Thanksgiving meals. In all, about 225 locations are serviced.
“The Thanksgiving celebration and the meal itself is a national cultural celebration,” said John Q. McNulty, chief, Army Food and Liquid Logistics, G-4.
Both Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are planned as many as nine months in advance to ensure food supplies are available to be ordered by dining facilities in theater.
The DLA expects to provide meals to more than 48,000 U.S. servicemembers in Iraq and more than 95,000 in Afghanistan. Additionally, thousands of allied troops and U.S. contractors working in those locations will also be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
Although thousands of miles from wherever they may call home, America’s servicemembers won’t need to miss the tastes and smells of a hearty Thanksgiving, thanks to efforts by the DLA.
“Providing traditional holiday meals to these American heroes is one of the single most important things we do all year,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Chambers, DLA troop support commander. “It is an expression of our thanks and appreciation for what they are doing for America every day.”
The DLA has also shipped an additional 104,000 pounds of turkey breasts and thighs, 50,000 pounds of ham, 112,000 pounds of beef, 57,000 pounds of shrimp, 41,000 pounds of stuffing, 8,600 cans of sweet potatoes and more than 47,000 cakes and pies to theater.
Not all Soldiers will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in a dining facility, but Army Central Command and tactical units arrange to provide a Thanksgiving meal to all Soldiers, including those in outposts that can’t prepare a meal for themselves, said McNulty.
In remote locations, for instance, hot meals can be specially delivered in insulated food containers. Additionally, special supplements are ordered such as nuts, candies, and assorted fresh fruits. Specially developed self-heating meals that include the turkey and all the trimmings can also be sent to extremely remote units.
“The Army makes every effort to provide our Soldiers the opportunity to experience this uniquely American tradition, just as though they were home, one that their service helps preserve,” McNulty said. (Click HERE for original article)