CARSON CITY, NV - November 25, 2015
Thanksgiving is one of our nation’s oldest and most
time-honored traditions. This uniquely American holiday exemplifies the very
essence of those courageous pilgrims who chose to settle a new land and the
generosity and selflessness of the indigenous American Indians. The character
of these men and women continue to define the American Spirit. The pilgrims
were pioneers, some of our nation’s first immigrants who were willing to risk
everything, including their lives, for the promise of something better and the
opportunity to pursue the grand idea of freedom. And by sharing their
traditions and way of life, the American Indians forged our nation’s first
bonds of community.
Nevadans have come to our great state, generation after generation, from the farthest reaches of the globe and from every corner of our nation. And whether we came, or our parents came, or their parents came, the idea of “Just and Equal” laws first articulated in the Mayflower Compact continues to ensure that every generation is guaranteed the fundamental right to pursue their own American dream.
I hope that all Nevadans will reflect on the generations before us who made our success today and in the future, possible. From the mining pioneers and the ranchers who settled our expansive high desert to the early gamers who doubled-down on a railroad watering hole and transformed a dirt road into the most iconic skyline in the world. Men and women who built Nevada knew success was not guaranteed. But for many, the opportunity to pursue the promise of the American dream was worth the risk.
We should be grateful every day for the abundance of blessings bestowed upon us as Nevadans and Americans. We should also be mindful of our accomplishments and give thanks for the perseverance which has enabled our state to lead and place us on a path of optimism and promise.
Personally, I am grateful for the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces and the proud military families across Nevada. They are the heroes among us who bear the personal sacrifice and wear our nation’s uniform to preserve and protect our way of life.
I am also grateful for the men and women who dedicate their lives to public service and work tirelessly for all Nevadans. All of our state employees have committed themselves to make the Silver State the very best state and for that I give thanks every day.
It is truly fitting that the Nevada family take the time to celebrate a day of thanksgiving.
On behalf of the State of Nevada, I wish all of you and your loved ones a safe, festive and happy Thanksgiving weekend
May God keep us ever grateful for our blessings.
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