Thanksgiving Message From Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly

Story Number: NNS191127-10Release Date: 11/27/2019 4:20:00 PM
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From the Office of the Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) (NNS) -- Dear Fellow Sailors, Marines, Civilians, and our Naval Families:

Of the many blessings our nation has received in over 243 years of existence, one that demonstrates perhaps the most profound providence, is how the American people, of every background and origin, have risen together to prevail when faced with existential dangers. This is the legacy of our Navy and Marine Corps team—a team that over the course of history has assembled from every part of our nation when it was most needed to defend freedom and preserve our republic.

As you gather with your families to give Thanksgiving this year, please accept my sincerest thanks for your dedicated service. I also ask that you think of your shipmates who are deployed and unable to do the same because duty has called them to be away from home this year. For those deployed, know that our thoughts, prayers, and eternal thanks are for you.

Let us also use this Thanksgiving as an opportunity to celebrate our shared memory as a nation, and as one naval family. It is a memory of extraordinary courage and sacrifice that throughout our history forged a common understanding of what is good about this country. Our purpose this day is to elevate above the noise of divisiveness and to be thankful for our unity, to rise above our historical flaws and to be grateful for our demonstrated ability to correct them, and to join together in deep appreciation for the examples of patriotism, bravery, and humility of those who proceeded us in service, and who made this day possible for each of us.

Happy Thanksgiving. Go Navy. And, of course, as always, BEAT ARMY!

                                                                                THOMAS B. MODLY

                                                                                Secretary of the Navy




The Honorable Thomas Modly, acting Secretary of the Navy, takes a selfie with USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) newly selected petty officers during an all-hands call in the hangar bay.
191126-N-NO101-0001 NORFOLK (Nov. 26, 2019) The Honorable Thomas Modly, acting Secretary of the Navy, takes a selfie with newly selected petty officers onboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during an all-hands call in the hangar bay. Modly visited Ford to meet with Sailors and be briefed on Ford's progress following its post-shakedown availability and recent independent steaming exercise, as part of his first official visit to the fleet. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
November 27, 2019
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