Director Hayden's Statement on Thanksgiving Day
Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Mike Hayden on Thanksgiving Day
November 20, 2007
Thanksgiving Day is a time to reflect on our individual blessings and our common inheritance as Americans. Older than our nation itself, this day of gratitude reminds us that the gifts of liberty and opportunity are not only precious, but also worthy of protection and care.
A deep sense of appreciation and duty motivates the men and women of CIA to work each day in defense of our Republic and the values it embodies. Our mission always has been demanding, and since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, it has been especially so. But you consistently meet the challenge, applying your skill, intellect, and daring in ways that are unprecedented and decisive to America’s safety.
Your dedication to duty is among the many things for which Jeanine and I will give thanks on Thursday. As an Agency family, we will pause to remember those who have died in service to our country, including the 87 colleagues memorialized here at Headquarters. We will also keep in our thoughts and prayers those of you who will spend the holiday standing watch, away from home. Your sacrifices, and those of your families, are recognized and appreciated. You carry on a proud legacy of service that is today and always a true cause for thanksgiving.
Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.