Our country has seen its share of trial and tragedy, but little that approaches the scope of the horror inflicted by the Civil War or the hardships endured by the Pilgrims scratching out an existence on the edge of a strange and threatening land.
Our own times have been marked by a deep, enduring recession and anemic recovery. Our challenges seem large and our ability to resolve them politically seems limited. We have in recent years been engaged in simultaneous wars in two countries and a more nebulous war on terrorism. And yet, the United States remains a land of wealth and plenty, bountiful beyond the measure of most of human history.
For this bounty, for our freedom, for health and long life, for useful and productive work, for the ability to help others, for the love of friends and family — for all these blessings, we are truly thankful.