Today we celebrate freedom. Today, we will gather with family and friends to observe our nation’s independence and reflect on the privileges of living in this great nation. As we wear red, white and blue, we will think about the men and women who have sacrificed to help protect the ideals those colors represent. And as we stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans, I hope we remember that the things that divide us pale in comparison to those that bind us together. And in honoring those differences we honor what it truly means to be an American citizen.
Wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day.
Today is day for family and friends; to be gracious and grateful; and to be reflective and resolute. As you begin your Thanksgiving celebrations, remember to appreciate those who you hold dear, so many across our city will spend the day in solitude. Remember that we share this planet with others who may be different, yet still belong to the human race. And take time to reflect on the events of the past few days and decide to take action on becoming a part of the solution. These are the true hallmarks of the Thanksgiving holiday.
As we usher in the holiday season, I encourage you to get involved with one of the organizations that is working to improve the lives of our neighbors in need. The Atlanta Mission, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Outside Looking In are just a few of the many organizations that are working to make the holiday season brighter for those who may otherwise go without. Lend them your time! I am sure you will find, as I have, serving others will make your season brighter, as well.
From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.