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November 15, 2001

Mrs. Bush's Holiday Greeting for Reservists and National Guard

I am delighted to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. This year the holiday season holds special meaning for Americans, and we are particularly grateful for members of our National Guard and for members of our Armed Forces Reserves.

As we continue to heal from the tragedies that began on September 11, your role becomes more important - and more appreciated - than ever. Our nation depends on the premiere, community-based force of the National Guard and Reserves. You are America at its best.

For many of you, this will be a season of separation from friends and loved ones. The President and I appreciate your sacrifices and commend your willingness to serve and defend our country, from ensuring that our airports and ports of travel are safe, to protecting our nation's borders. Your presence across our homeland and abroad is a source of pride and reassurance for all Americans.

This holiday season, Americans are reflecting on what is most important to us: our faith, our family and friends, and our freedom, which you defend with honor and dignity. Thank you again, and may God bless you and your families as you continue your service to America.

Laura Bush

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