Liberty. It may not be the first thing on our mind at Thanksgiving, but it’s what fueled a small group of Pilgrims to leave a land of familiarity and embark on a voyage wrought with sickness and uncertainty in 1620. It’s what caused an irate minority to fight for independence and sovereignty during the Revolutionary War, and today, it is the reason we are able to freely celebrate Thanksgiving.

Not everyone around the world can gather with family in the safety and tranquility of their homes, enjoy a bountiful table of food, and say a prayer of thanks for their blessings. Yet in America, we are able to do all of these things and more because we are a free people in a free nation.

President Ronald Reagan understood America’s exceptionalism and what it uniquely offers to all who reside in this great nation. His inspiring Thanksgiving address to the nation in 1985 reminds us of what we should be thankful for today and everyday.

“The Statue of Liberty and this wonderful holiday called Thanksgiving go together naturally because although as Americans we have many things for which to be thankful, none is more important than our liberty.

Liberty: that quality of government, that brightness of mind and spirit for which the Pilgrim Fathers braved the seas and Americans for two centuries have laid down their lives.

Today, while religion is suppressed in perhaps one third of the world, we Americans are free to worship the Almighty as we choose.

While entire nations must endure the yoke of tyranny, we are free to speak our minds, to enjoy an unfettered and vigorous press, and to make government abide by the limits we deem just.

While millions live behind walls, we remain free to travel throughout the land to share this precious day with those we love most deeply – the members of our families.

My fellow Americans, let us keep this Thanksgiving Day sacred. Let us thank God for the bounty and goodness of our nation. And as a measure of our gratitude, let us rededicate ourselves to the preservation of this: the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

From all of us at Tea Party Patriots, we wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.