Thanksgiving Day: A Time for Family

November 27, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
For the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, although they're away from their own, they are celebrating it with many who have become like brothers and sisters. Earlier today President Bush called 11 military members stationed all over the world to thank them for their service. While the Bushes celebrate their last Thanksgiving at Camp David, the President elect and his family are spending their holiday in Chicago.

In a radio address, Barack Obama drew attention to the trials of many families who are separated from their loved ones serving over-seas, or afraid of the uncertainty during this economic crisis.

For the 82nd year, millions gathered for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. Many in the crowd said these challenging times offer an opportunity to get back to the basics, like family and community and those they came to see.

Macy's and many retailers are hoping the excitement that comes with thanksgiving--the beginning of the holiday shopping season--translates into lots of sales and a boost to our sluggish economy

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