By B.J. Reyes
(UPDATED 11/26/09 with Thanksgiving message from Mayor Mufi Hannemann.)
From the Star-Bulletin’s Political Radar: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Message from Governor Linda Lingle
and Lt. Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr.
on the occasion of
NOVEMBER 26, 2009
The enduring image of the Thanksgiving holiday is of the extended ‘ohana gathered around a large table strewn with a bountiful selection of wonderful foods, including yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkins pies, stuffing and of course, the traditional turkey. A beautiful picture, but one that will not be experienced by some of Hawai‘i’s families this year.
During these challenging economic times when financial woes add to our burdens, the truly important elements of our lives are thrown into sharp focus. Now, more than ever, it is important to remember that while our cornucopias continue to overflow with blessings, whether it is enjoying good health, the love and support of family and friends, or simply being thankful for the beautiful islands in which we live, we can do more for our fellow residents.
Let us also take a moment to express our appreciation for our men and women in uniform, serving both at home and abroad, who have volunteered to sacrifice time with their families to serve our nation and provide a warm blanket of safety to all of us.
This Thursday, we should all reach out to those who are not as fortunate. Each of us has something to give, whether it is money, food, time or a smile to a stranger. The truest way to observe the season is as a celebration of service, and a commitment to lend a hand to lift up your neighbors and your community.
Governor, State of Hawai‘i
James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr.
Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawai‘i
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MAYOR MUFI HANNEMANN’S
“I join with people across Hawaii in offering a prayer of Thanksgiving for the love of family and the aloha of friends, for the bounty of life in these beautiful islands, for the rights and privileges of citizenship in the greatest of nations, and for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us.
“The Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving to express their gratitude for their acceptance in a new land and the freedom and opportunity that America offered. In that same spirit, we pray for the safety of the men and women serving our nation in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places far from home; for the leaders who are guiding our nation during a difficult time; and for all the people in Hawaii who are working tirelessly to make this community a better place for all.
“Gail and I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.”