As we pause to give thanks this week, it's an opportunity to reflect back on the fortunes each of us has been blessed with since our last Thanksgiving.
For Southeastern North Carolina, we were fortunate that although we did suffer damage from Ophelia, the hurricane season could have been much worse for us. For many, it will be a Thanksgiving in a new place, after Katrina, Rita and Wilma destroyed their homes and lives.
For us, we have been fortunate that we have not been struck by high unemployment figures, that our economy remains strong, and that finally gasoline prices have declined.
And for many, our families remain healthy. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all the good things we enjoy.
But we mustn't forget those families who will be observing the holiday season for the first time without loved ones who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom overseas in Iraq.
Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks. Something we all need to do, not only this week, but throughout the year.