Thanksgiving Day is the time to reflect on the things for which we are grateful; it's an opportunity to count our blessings. For most of us, that list might start out with family and friends. We can add things like health, our faith, and the blessing of living in the greatest country on earth, a true land of opportunity.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, remember to be thankful for the thousands of brave American men and women who stand the watch around the world and here at home so that we may enjoy the day with family and friends. Please also remember those less fortunate, and those that have been affected by recent severe weather events.

Cheryl and I wish our Auxiliary family a day of peace and contentment, and most of all, a Happy Thanksgiving.

Mark Simoni
National Commodore
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary