President George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide Thanksgiving celebration in 1789. The event has a special place in the hearts of those in uniform missing their families and such celebrations have been extensively chronicled over the years.
As we gather around our own tables this Thanksgiving, we are thankful for those who have served and are serving.
Banner image: Lance Corporal Walter R. Billetdeoux takes a healthy bite from a turkey leg on Thanksgiving Day in Vietnam Da Nang L Company, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines. (Photo: Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections)