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Thanksgiving - What Does It Mean To You?
By Jack Kerfoot

My dictionary states that Thanksgiving in the United States is an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, which is held on the fourth Thursday in November.


To me, this holiday is a time to give thanks for all my blessings, including:


  • Born in a democratic country that allows us freedom of speech and religion. Having lived and traveled extensively overseas, I know these freedoms are precious.
  • Thanks to my fellow veterans, past and present who protect our country and our freedom.
  • Thanks for family and for friends that my wife and I have made around the world.
  • Thanks for the opportunity to serve others, including my country and my community.


    On November 27th, I was able to help serve a Thanksgiving meal for a community in northeast Portland. Every Wednesday, Pastor Jon Hagebusch with the Portland Metro Church organizes a meal for the community and yesterday was their Thanksgiving dinner.


    My contribution of time, helping serve the Thanksgiving meal was my small way to give thanks for all my blessings.


    This article was reprinted with permission from Jack Kerfoot. Jack is a candidate for Portland Commissioner.


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