Kim Slay and I wish you a happy Thanksgiving Day.
We thank the men and women at work ensuring the delivery of essential public service, especially police officers, medics, and firefighters. We thank the volunteers serving up turkey and hope at St. Louisâs churches, shelters, and pantries. And we thank everyone who finds and laughs with a lonely person. We draw strength from each other.
There are many traditions among St. Louisâs neighborhoods and families. I was in Downtownâs holiday parade this morning and I stopped by the generational Turkey Bowl soccer match on the Hill. Driving between them, I passed turkeys smoking, people cradling green bean casseroles, parishioners and congregants leaving services, and families out for a walk. We should value all those things: traditions bind the generations, create community.
The authority to pardon an actual turkey is Presidential; a mayorâs powers are more modest. Iâll pardon the noisy childrenâs table, as long as they save me some pie.