Families gathering for celebrations, shopping for the holiday season are just some of the activities surrounding  the observance of Thanksgiving Day.  Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Stace Nelson from Fulton send his wishes for the season.  The full text of his message follows below.

My dear fellow South Dakotans,

President George Washington reminded Congress in his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 that “..it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of
Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor..” in celebrating this national day of
thanksgiving. President Washington reminded us that we as a nation should set aside this day to be thankful for all the blessings of freedom, and this great
nation, that our Maker has truly blessed us with.

When I look at the rich history of America, the Pilgrims never dreamed that their descendants would have to fight two bloody wars with the British to be
totally free.  They never dreamed that there would be a bloody war between the states to assure equality for all people, or two world wars fought to free our
fellow man from tyranny.  While the Good Lord gave us a nation, “We the people” have historically fought diligently to preserve the blessings of freedom
given to us by our Creator.

As a Marine Veteran, and someone who served far away from home for a very long time, I can tell you that Thanksgiving is one of the loneliest times to be
away from home.  Our military struggles with a frightful amount of suicides during this time of year.  On this day, in addition to being thankful for the
blessings in our daily lives, let us be thankful for those who carved out our nation, and those who continue to protect our precious freedoms.  Take this
opportunity to call or mail that son, daughter, nephew, niece, grandson, granddaughter, friend, or neighbor who may be serving away from home, and let them
know that they are loved and that we are thankful for their service and the blessings of freedom they preserve for us.

On this day of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for all the blessing God has given to me and my family.  I am thankful for you, the people I have dedicated my
life to serving, and this country that I have been proud to serve and defend my whole life.  My wish for you and yours is for you to have a blessed

On this day of being thankful, be mindful, though, that our country is in trouble and, as President Reagan reminded us, “Freedom is never more than one
generation away from extinction. It has to be fought for and defended by each generation."  Let us remember on this day what we are at risk of further losing
that freedom; let us join together and pledge to renew our efforts to regain control of our country from the special interests and career politicians that
have threatened the very blessings of freedom for which we give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving, and God’s blessings to you and yours.

Stace Nelson