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Attendees at the Thanksgiving Family Night hosted by The Learning Connection @Gruening Park wrote what they were thankful for on paper leaves and taped them to a paper tree on the wall.

The Empire asked readers what Thanksgiving means to them and what they are thankful for. Here are responses from readers via Facebook and email.


Meghan Nelson wrote: I am thankful for the years I had with my mom before she passed away in August. I think Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how fortunate and blessed we are.

Kim Jones wrote: Meghan Nelson I lost my mom too this last year. I am thankful that she taught me how to cook and passed down all of her awesome Thanksgiving recipes!

Meghan Nelson wrote: I am thankful for that too! It’s good that we have food and traditions that can remind us of our moms.

Patricia Paul wrote: Thankful for family.

Patricia Hanon VanPool wrote: I’m thankful for my family, friends, and life, my home, and my job.

Kevin Fortwengler wrote: Thankful for family.

Ray Gregory wrote: For fresh sockeye (:

Kelly Moore wrote: Traditions, family, friends and reflecting on the many blessings I have.

Shannara wrote: Thanksgiving = food

Mary Lawson-Gann wrote: Thanksgiving means to me how very thankful I am to be home with my precious family this year.

Charles Michael Bracelen wrote: Family, and friends who became family. All our cousins, etc., were back East or in California, so extended family meant close friends, parents of our schoolmates, my folks’ employers — great memories of dinners at different homes around Juneau in the ‘60s.

Marie Beierly wrote: I am thankful for my family (pets included) and friends and the happiness they bring me.

Rebecca Albert wrote: I’m so thankful for the wonderful clients that keep me busy year ‘round and especially grateful for the accessibility of Juneau’s choral groups that allow me to sing regularly. Music is good for my soul!

Melissa Griffiths wrote: I’m thankful for the many wonderful, interesting and supportive people who make this community feel like home.


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