As we look forward to Thanksgiving, it’s worth remembering that sometimes “giving thanks” means showing, rather than telling, that we are thankful.
I encourage you all to consider the family, friends, co-workers and neighbors who have enriched your life and then to make a special effort to show them your thanks. Whether that be returning a favor for a neighbor who might have cut your grass while you were deployed, or taking your spouse out for a special dinner – it’s important to remember why we set aside this time of year to put on display our personal gratitude for the many blessings we have in our lives.
Without these folks who support us day in and day out, we would be hard-pressed to lead the lives of service that we do. So, in other words, don’t forget to “praise the bridge that carried you over.”
And on that note, I’d like to take a brief moment to thank each and every one of YOU for everything you do for me and for this fine organization. I know how hard you all work, and I am grateful for your diligence and your perseverance each and every day that I am honored to serve as your Adjutant General. I consider myself, the state of Georgia, and the nation to be the fortunate beneficiaries of your exemplary service.
Finally, we should all also endeavor to ensure our fellow Veterans have a reason to be thankful this season. If you know of any prior or current service member who is struggling – either from unemployment, an ailment of the body or mind, or just an old-fashioned case of loneliness – I ask that you make a special effort to include them in your thoughts, your prayers – if that feels appropriate, and perhaps even your own holiday celebrations.
Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth
Adjutant General of Georgia
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