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Thursday, November 27, 2003


Governor Dean's Thanksgiving Message

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May we always remember how much we have to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving, Dean Nation. From Dean for America...
Across the country, families and friends are drawing closer to one another today, as we celebrate and give thanks in the same way Americans have been doing for centuries.

Thanksgiving is the first holiday that was uniquely American. It says something fundamental about us -- that humble congregation and gratitude for our blessings is deep within our national character.

Across the country are those whose blessings are few and whose need is great. Millions of families will be having a wholesome meal in a community center or soup kitchen today, never far from the reality to which they will return tomorrow. As we give thanks for all that we have, let us dedicate ourselves to building a world in which this day’s abundance becomes every day’s, for all to share.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.


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