Happy Thanksgiving!

By Gov. Rick Snyder | November 21, 2012


This Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for as Michiganders and as Americans.

We live in a beautiful state and are surrounded by the greatest of lakes, rivers and streams.

We enjoy freedoms, our families and friends, talents and opportunities. And we have the ability to come together and reinvent Michigan for a brighter tomorrow.

We pause this week to give thanks for these things, to appreciate all we have, and to remember the great heritage that came before us.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in the autumn of 1621. Pilgrims and Native Americans joined hands and broke bread. They enjoyed the hard-won fruits of a harvest that was reaped following a harsh winter. Though they would face more hardships, they were thankful for what they had -- and they made plans for their futures -- as families and as a community.

In Michigan, we have faced our own modern-day hardships. We struggled through a cold winter. But our future is looking brighter. Our economy is getting stronger. We're growing more and better jobs. We're improving our cities and schools. And we're welcoming our sons and daughters home from war.

I am thankful for the opportunity to serve you as governor. We live in a great state, and we have boundless opportunity. We will face our challenges together and make a better life for us all.

My family and I wish you all the best this Thanksgiving. We hope that your holiday is a happy and enjoyable one, and we join you in giving thanks for all of our blessings.