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Happy Thanksgiving

Date: November 26, 2015

Happy ThanksgivingDear Flying Partners,

In 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a celebratory, autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. While the Pilgrims themselves likely did not use the term “Thanksgiving” at the time, the festival lasted for three (3) days.

For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.  From its humble origin to the proclamation making it a National holiday, Thanksgiving Day has become one of America’s most beloved and widely celebrated holidays.

The very first “Thanksgiving” celebrated by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians foreshadowed the challenge and opportunity that diversity has consistently offered us.  Beyond the feelings of appreciation for the blessings in our lives, harmony and peace are underlying tenants of family and community celebrations across the United States.

It comes as no surprise that we, as Flight Attendants, thrive in the midst of these holiday celebrations.  Through our service as Safety Professionals, we facilitate attendance at these beloved family and community gatherings.  Our commitment brings family and friends together to celebrate the many blessings we all share in this great country.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving 2015, all of us should be encouraged by the fruits of our labor – harmony, peace and gratitude enjoyed by the many passengers we have be instrumental in delivering to their final destinations. 

In a similar way, we must continue to celebrate the diversity that exists within our own community of Flight Attendants now joined together from the ranks of the former pre-merger subsidiaries in a common bond and goal.  We must continue to do so with respect and appreciation for our differences. By and through these differences, we will continue to succeed in our focused, collective efforts and advance not only our individual careers, but our profession as well. 

Whether we report for duty proudly wearing the uniform that identifies us to the traveling public or share this Thanksgiving holiday with our families and friends, we are always united through our shared, common bond as Flight Attendants.  Through our intimate understanding of what it means to be a Safety Professional and First Responder, we are united together as Flight Attendants thankful for the opportunities we have achieved together, always with our eyes on the future as we make our way down the path to reaching a Joint Contract.

For those of you working this holiday know we are grateful for your commitment.  No matter where you are in the world, you are always one of us.   The United Master Executive Council extends our best wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

In Solidarity,

Ken Diaz
President, United Master Executive Council

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