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GOP's Tom Cotton Thanks Troops for Sacrifices on Thanksgiving Day

By    |   Thursday, 27 November 2014 09:22 AM

Senator-elect Tom Cotton of Arkansas delivered the GOP’s weekly address, during which he recounted that President Lincoln "in the depths of the suffering and deprivation of the Civil War proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a single day for a nationwide Thanksgiving, to help unify a deeply divided nation."

Cotton, an Army veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, offered special gratitude to American troops and their families who are separated on Thanksgiving Day. He thanked them for their "honorable and faithful service."

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"For many, there will be no homecoming this week," he said. "From Afghanistan to Iraq to Korea, our troops continue to patrol the world to bring peace and security for us all.

"From Marines in Liberia to sailors across the oceans to airmen over the Asian skies to the sentinels standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, these troops will sacrifice the comforts of family and home so we can enjoy them."

Showing camaraderie for his fellow soldiers, Cotton recounted his own military service, recalling spending Thanksgiving away from loved ones.

"And to your families, I extend similar thanks, and this personal assurance. Nine years ago, I was at Ranger School for Thanksgiving; six years ago, it was Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan. While we deeply missed our own families, we also celebrated together as a second, surrogate family.

"As you see the empty seat at your table this Thanksgiving, please know that your sons and daughters, husbands and wives, moms and dads miss you dearly, but are enjoying the next best thing to home: the camaraderie and love of their brothers and sisters in arms."

He reminded Americans that no matter the "adversity of the times," it is important to show "gratitude for the blessings of a beneficent and loving Lord."

"Today, we as nation no doubt face many challenges — too many of our fellow citizens out of work, too many families struggling to make ends meet, too many enemies plotting to do us harm.

"But we have faced graver challenges and not simply survived, but thrived."

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Senator-elect Tom Cotton delivered the GOP's weekly address on Thanksgiving Day, thanking the military for its sacrifices and recounting that President Lincoln "in the depths of the suffering and deprivation of the Civil War" proclaimed the last Thursday of November a national holiday.
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Thursday, 27 November 2014 09:22 AM
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