Nov 2, 2009
At the outset, I would like to thank the members of the Filipino-American History Month celebration committee on Maui for their dedication, cooperation, and hardwork in making the events successful. And to all the participants, food donors, media, sponsors, and the general public: thank you for making the events a reality. Plans are underway for next year’s celebration as we proudly proclaim, “I’m proud to be a Filipino!”
In observance of Veteran’s Day, we salute all veterans who have sacrificed and laid down their lives for this country. To our Filipino WWII Veterans, justice has come to fruition with the passage of the Filipino WWII Veterans Equity Compensation Fund (FVEC).
Thanksgiving Day is perhaps one of the most celebrated holidays here in America probably because of its historic significance. Unfortunately, its real meaning has been washed out into a mere shopping spree. We have lost the essence of the holiday!
When was the last time we uttered those two magic words “Thank You” to our spouse for fixing a delicious dinner; to our children for helping us with the household chores; to our co-workers for doing a good job; to our teachers for imparting us their knowledge; to the doctors and nurses who took care of us when we were sick; and to a stranger who opened the door for us?
We have taken for granted the simple things in life. Aren’t we thankful for the air that we breathe, for that magnificent rainbow, the sun surf, for our freedom…?
The Word of God teaches to be thankful. The doxology “Praise God from whom all blessings flow,” is a testimony of our gratitude to our Creator.
This is what real thanksgiving is all about! Expressing your thankfulness is all that matters.
Let us then make every day, a day of thanksgiving.
Aloha and Mabuhay!