Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, but today’s Thanksgiving Dinner will be a bit different since it’ll be the first one without my Father, who passed away in February after a lengthy bout with Alzheimer’s.  As those of you that know me, my Father was one of my heroes and idols.  I love him and miss him dearly.

But, instead of being down, I / we are actually happy with the thought that my Father will be reunited with his parents and four brothers for Thanksgiving for the first time in a long, long time (he was the last surviving of the five Lynn brothers).

I also want to say thank you to so many, many wonderful friends that were there for my family and I earlier this year when my Father passed, including the memorial service at Ft Myer Chapel, the interment at Arlington National Cemetery and the reception at my home.   Also, a major debt of gratitude to the U.S. Army, who honor its’ military veterans in such a classy and terrific manner.

Many of my friends asked me how I got through the eulogy without breaking down.  It was because of the love, support and friendship from so many family members and friends that filled Ft Myer Chapel.  I gained so strength from all.  And, for that, I’m eternally grateful.   I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful friendships.   Thank you.

So, on this Thanksgiving Holiday, please hug your loved ones and let them know how much you care about one another.   Happy Thanksgiving.