LINCOLN, Neb. - Today is Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday. There is no mail delivery and government offices, schools, and financial institutions are closed as are most businesses, athough some have Black Friday sales starting this afternoon or tonight.
Many government offices will remain closed tomorrow as well. For the city of Chadron, tomorrow's closures include the Handi-bus - which is also closed today, city hall and the library, but the Aquatics and Wellness Center will be open and the library will reopen Saturday from 1-5:00.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, in his Thanksgiving message, calls the holiday "an opportunity to reflect on the blessings we enjoy and the relationships we cherish," and he urges everyone to "express gratitude for our freedoms, our friendships, and our families."
Governor Ricketts also says it's a time to be thankful for servicemen and women home and abroad, and especially for the first responders, disaster relief agencies, generous neighbors, and many others who helped Nebraska.
Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine put out her Thanksgiving message as a video with background music. In it, she praises Nebraskans for the way they responded to the repeated weather disasters that hit the state this year.
Fischer goes on to say that Nebraskans once again lived up to their reputation for helping others, both locally and in distant states even when facing their own challenges.
South Dakota Gov Kristi Noem's formal statement for the holiday addresses not the first Thanksgiving but the second when food was scarce and the governor of the colony called for a fast to preserve resources. She compares it to, in a sense, South Dakota in 2019.
"While many of us may not face a food shortage in the same way the pilgrims did, South Dakota undoubtedly understands the reality of tough times.
Many folks continue to deal with the aftermath of the most severe natural disaster our state has ever seen. Producers have faced another year of low markets and incredible uncertainty… not to mention the fact that many haven't even been able to get into the fields."
Noem says "When you're in the thick of things, it can be hard to see the blessings that are right in front of you. I recognize that. But taking the time to acknowledge those blessings can really shift a person's perspective."
She urges everyone to think about the blessings in their life and, if possible, to "put that gratitude to action. Consider giving to a local organization that helps people in need. Build a new friendship. Show compassion when you don't feel like it. This is gratitude in action."
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