Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), wished all Veterans and their families a happy Thanksgiving via a Thanksgiving Day message.
Secretary Shinseki wrote: “As individuals, we are thankful for our families, friends, and loved ones. As a Nation, we celebrate the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, thanks to the men and women who protect and have protected our way of life. We thank them for their service and their sacrifice, and we wish them and their families a blessed Thanksgiving celebration.”
Shinseki also urged everyone to remember the gesture extended by Indians to the colonists at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621, an event that ensured the colonists’ survival during their first winter in the new land, “securing unto themselves the blessings of beginning a new Nation dedicated to the dignity and equality of all who live on this land.”