Thanksgiving 2017

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Thanksgiving 2017

As Americans, we traditionally recognize the first Thanksgiving as having taken place at Plymouth colony in the fall of 1621. Thanksgiving celebrations have been a part of our nation’s history since the arrival of the colonists.  In fact, President George Washington issued a proclamation in October 1789, designating that a national day of public thanksgiving and prayer be observed.

We continue that tradition today as we gather with friends and family in celebration, recognizing the good fortune in our lives and the freedoms we enjoy. Find time to reflect on the abundant gifts and opportunities the past year may have brought to you and your family.




As we gather around the table this holiday, remember our servicemembers and civilian mariners, as well as the many first responders and law enforcement members who remain on the watch, keeping us and our families safe and protected.

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most traveled holiday periods of the year. Think safety in everything you do.  Focus on the basics: have a plan, begin all travel well-rested, anticipate delays, and remain alert.  We can all benefit by applying the tenets of operational risk management to our personal travel and holiday activities.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday festivities with family and friends. I wish you and your families a very happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend.

United We Sail,


Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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