Published: Nov 24, 2010 5:02 PM EST
Updated: Nov 24, 2010 2:02 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla - Statement from Governor Crist regarding Thanksgiving:

“As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we thank God for the blessings He has given each of us and our great state. While spending time together with family and friends, I encourage you to reflect upon those who have sacrificed to secure the freedoms we enjoy today as Americans.
 
“I also encourage all Floridians to remember our brave service men and women, including those in the Florida National Guard, who are currently away from their families serving our nation overseas. Their dedication to bringing peace and liberty to other parts of the world and helping those in need is inspiring, and we pray for their safe return.
 
“During this special time, it is important we seek opportunities to share with those in need. Together we can make a positive impact throughout Florida by sharing our blessings and resources with those who are struggling during this challenging economy.
 
“Carole and I wish each of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving, as well as meaningful time spent with family and friends.
 
 “May God bless each and every family and community throughout the great State of Florida.”

Governor-elect Scott's message:

“With Thanksgiving upon us, I am especially thankful for the men and women serving in the military and their families, who make it possible for the rest of us to enjoy this day in safety and security, surrounded by those we love.

 

“I am also thankful for the confidence entrusted in me to combat the highest unemployment rate on record and get Florida back to work.

 

“I am hopeful that Floridians will enjoy Thanksgiving with the knowledge that brighter days are ahead. More importantly, I encourage everyone to celebrate this holiday by giving thanks for life’s greatest blessing – family and friends.

 

My family and Lt. Governor-elect Jennifer Carroll join me in wishing all Floridians a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.”