Nebraskans Have Much for Which to be Thankful
As Nebraskans celebrate Thanksgiving and the holiday season begins, we have much for which to be thankful. Joining with family and friends, let us focus on the many blessings we enjoy as Americans, and give thanks to all of those who have made those blessings possible.
We certainly face many challenges today including a soaring national debt, high unemployment, and new conflicts abroad which test America’s leadership. However, I am certain we will overcome these challenges and remain the world’s greatest source of freedom and prosperity.
We are thankful for the generations of Americans and Nebraskans who settled this land and built the foundation for our current way of life. It is often easy to forget how difficult life was for earlier Americans and the sacrifices they were forced to make. Pioneers to the New World and later to Nebraska risked their lives to travel great distances, leaving behind their families to build a new nation from scratch.
We owe much to these settlers who risked everything to start a new life and create a country and a government based on freedom and opportunity. We continue to benefit from their sacrifice and foresight today.
We are also grateful to the soldiers and veterans who won our freedom and have successfully defended it for more than 236 years. Their service is essential to the success and perseverance of America.
In order to show my appreciation for our troops, I am once again helping to collect cards for the American Red Cross Holiday mail for Heroes program which gives Americans the opportunity to send holiday greetings and thanks to servicemembers, veterans and their families around the world. This tradition is a wonderful opportunity for families, schools, and local communities to show their support for our troops and our veterans. I encourage all Nebraskans to join me in thanking those who have defended our nation in uniform by participating in this annual program.
My district offices in Scottsbluff and Grand Island will serve as collection points for constituents to drop off postage free cards until Monday, December 3, 2012. To ensure your cards reach their destination please use generic salutations such as “To American Hero,” and do not include your personal contact information or inserts of any kind. For more information and the official guidelines, please visit my website at: http://adriansmith.house.gov/holiday-mail-heroes-program.
As we celebrate the many blessings we enjoy as Nebraskans, I hope you will join me in remembering and thanking those who made them possible. However you choose to celebrate, please travel safely and have a very happy Thanksgiving.