Senator Girgenti: Thanksgiving A Day For Brotherhood

Senator John Girgenti on the floor of the Senate

Senator John A. Girgenti (D-35th) of Hawthorne released the following Thanksgiving statement:

“Over the past few weeks, students all across New Jersey have been learning the story of the first Thanksgiving Day, when the Pilgrims and American Indians sat down together in the spirit of brotherhood and friendship. As Americans, we take this holiday to spend time with family and friends, to count the blessings in our lives, and to appreciate that for which we are truly grateful.”

“We look forward to the day when all people – regardless of birthright, creed, race, or status – can break bread together, in a realization of the promise of cooperation and brotherhood exemplified on that first Thanksgiving Day. We face many challenges and issues in this day and age. Yet of all these challenges none are insurmountable. They can be overcome if we work together, as neighbors, as New Jerseyans, as Americans, and as citizens of the world. In coming to the table and working side by side, there is no limit to the potential of what we will achieve or the solutions we will come to discover.”

“We must take into account our neighbors who will go without the things we take for granted this Thanksgiving: family, friends, food, shelter. We must look for ways in which we can make a positive difference in their lives. There are countless residents who will be volunteering their time on Thanksgiving in the service of their neighbors less fortunate at shelters and soup kitchens all across the country. That there are people willing to sacrifice their personal time on this holiday for the betterment of others is a shining example for all of us to follow, not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day throughout the year.”

“I wish everyone a fulfilling and happy Thanksgiving Day.”