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Counting our blessings in Afghanistan
Statesman Journal

November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and contemplation. It is an opportunity to gather and celebrate the blessings bestowed; a time to recognize the generosity of others.

The year 2006 has been amazing. I was given the opportunity to run for elective office. Though we didn't win, we fought for the issues and values that matter. I am proud of our effort, and I am humbled by the support of everyone who made it possible.
I am grateful for living in our community.

Thanksgiving is a special day here in Afghanistan as well as across the United States. And though we are apart from our families, we will remember this holiday for the rest of our lives.

Spending a holiday at war is tough duty, but it is a blessing. It yields perspective and connects you to your community. It is personal, and it teaches the value of freedom.

For 13 generations men and women have secured for us the blessings of liberty. This is our moment, our turn to sustain what we believe.

Together we must find ways to serve our community -- together we must celebrate the blessings of serving each other in love.

-- Paul Evans, Monmouth



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