Dear Members of our Allegany-Limestone Family,
I write this after experiencing one my favorite family holidays, Thanksgiving. This holiday holds
affectionate memories for me. Even today, a sense of warmth flows over me as I recall sitting in front
of our television on Thanksgiving morning watching the Macy’s parade on T.V., as the aroma of baking
turkey and sweet potatoes filled our home. Then, as the later afternoon approached, my extended
family members would start arriving, and we would eventually gather around the dining room table and
share the latest news. I so vividly recall at the start of every Thanksgiving meal, how my grandfather
would express his gratitude that we all live in a free land where we could enjoy such a feast with family.
I remember all of us sharing the prayer on Thanksgiving Day that America may always stay prosperous,
strong, and free.
As E. P. Powel wrote, “Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be
careful that you do not take the day and leave out the gratitude.” Thanksgiving Day is not a day about
sales events in shopping malls, football, or hunting. Nor, should it just be about feasts of turkey and
desserts. Thanksgiving Day is for reflection on the bounty we have been given and for taking some time
to be grateful. It is a day for family and togetherness, taking the time for creating traditions for the
things that truly matter. Fifty years from now, when an older generation has past, as our children think
back on the Thanksgiving traditions we have passed on to them, how do we want them to remember
Thanksgiving? We should always remember that the traditions and memories of our childhood warm
us in our later years.
Please accept my warmest wishes at the start of the holiday season. I hope you
had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day filled with the bounty of the season.
With warmest regards,