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Thanksgiving message from the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

This week our nation celebrates Thanksgiving, a time for all of us to recognize the blessings we have experienced over the past year. As we come together to celebrate this important holiday – as individuals, as families, and as a Department – I want to personally thank each of you for your service, your dedication, and your commitment to the Department and to our Nation.


A Coast Guard rescue team from Sandy Hook, NJ, races to the scene of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Tom Sperduto.

We will never forget

As we honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on 9/11 and their families, we are reminded of why we rise to the challenge every day to fulfill our mission of combating terrorism and protecting the homeland and the public at large.