Thursday, November 25, 2004

Baghdad turkey

The ham and turkey were excellent here in Baghdad, and the weather is beautiful (if a bit chilly) as well. Jennyjo and I had to take ours to go (the line for the dining facility was about an hour) but we stopped for a quick photo beside Z lake here on Camp Victory.

One more Thanksgiving note; LTG Metz published a Thanksgiving message that I thought you all might like to see...

To the Soldiers of MNC-I:

Thanksgiving this year is a bit different than most, but even outside our countries' borders and away from our families we have much for which to be thankful.

I am thankful for the liberty that all of us, and now the people of Iraq, can enjoy. As President Bush stated, freedom is not our gift to the people of Iraq, but God's gift to mankind.

I am thankful that we are winning the Global War on Terror. Operation Iraqi Freedom is an important part of that war, and by going on the offensive here we are taking the fight to our enemies instead of waiting for them to strike at us.

I am thankful for every country contributing to the Multi-National Corps. Difficult times prove the value of friends and allies, and our current mission is one in which the entire civilized world has a vested interest.

I am thankful for every Soldier, Marine, Airman, and Sailor willing to make great personal sacrifices, to include for some the ultimate sacrifice, for the cause of freedom. Without your efforts, the Iraqi people would still suffer under the harsh and brutal rule of a criminal dictator.

I am thankful for past generations of warriors and the examples they set for us of leadership, perseverance, selflessness, and vision. Our world has seen dark days before, but brave men and women defeated nazism, communism, and fascism, and we will follow their lead as we battle those who would have our families and us live under the threat of terror.

I am thankful for the constant outpouring of love and support from families, friends, and patriots back home. The encouragement they provide makes an immeasurable difference in this fight, without which our tasks would be more difficult.

You may not consider Thanksgiving dinner from an MRE pouch or at a desert dining facility an ideal holiday, but it does highlight the bounty with which we are blessed. I appreciate your and your families' sacrifices as you celebrate this holiday season in separate locations—half a world apart.

Thank you all for your hard work, have a happy Thanksgiving, and be thankful for all the gifts God has given our free nations.


Blogger Beef Daddy said...

Thanksgiving news from Mama Chachi's: turkey, ham, scalloped oysters, rice, gravy, dressing, green beans, sweet potato pudding, corn pudding, rolls, wedding pie, carrot and pineapple salad, cranberry salad.

Dessert: pumpkin pie, chocolate pie, pound cake, ambrosia, fudge, sweet potato pecan pie.

Missing: Rich and Jennyjo

We love you and are praying for you!

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