As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the holidays, our thoughts turn to those serving overseas. In her press briefing yesterday, Secretary Rice said:
“We have a lot of men and women from the Foreign Service, from the Civil Service, from other government agencies, but a lot of State Department people serving very far away from home as we come upon the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is, frankly, my favorite holiday because it’s a time for reflection, it’s a time for gratefulness, it’s a time to be with family and friends. I know that in places like Kabul and Baghdad and across the world, while our officers will not be able to be with families, that they will be with friends.
And I just want to underscore that one of the things that I will give thanks for this Thanksgiving, and that I’m immensely grateful for, is the extraordinary service of our people around the world, for their tremendous dedication and commitment, and for the personal joy and honor that it has been as Secretary of State to serve with them. And so my very special Thanksgiving prayer will be for our men and women in uniform, for our diplomats abroad, for all of the Americans who are serving abroad in the service of U.S. interests and values.
And let me close with a very happy Thanksgiving to all of you as well.”
On behalf of everyone at DipNote, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, too.