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GOVERNOR'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2001

Dec. 20, 2001 — As we celebrate the joy and beautiful sights of the Virgin Islands during this holiday season, let us take time to reflect on the precious gift of life that is given to all Virgin Islanders. Let us take a few moments to acknowledge that we are grateful to participate in all the festivities and special family moments that characterize this time of year. This is why I spearheaded, along with other community organizations, the lighting of our towns and parks territory-wide
Let us keep in mind those who will experience sadness during this time of gaiety because they have endured tragedy or the loss of loved ones. This holiday season provides a reminder that goodwill among men and women must prevail if we are to enjoy a global peace that unifies us across a human chain of events. September 11, 2001 brought home the swiftness, with which our world can be forever altered.
We must remember in our prayers those families who will celebrate their first Christmas without their loved ones whose lives were tragically smitten by these heinous acts. Let us also remember in our prayers and thoughts the young men and women of America and our allies, who are serving in the Armed Forces, far away from their homeland. These brave and valiant soldiers are giving up their own merriment to ensure the freedoms that we sometimes take so much for granted. They are worthy of our deepest respect and appreciation.
Finally, let us share the goodwill of this season with each other – at home and abroad. Let us share our gifts – both tangible and intangible – with those less fortunate than we are. Let us ensure that our children understand that the true spirit of this season is characterized by dedication, love, and selflessness. As a community, let us create an atmosphere of devotion, caring and understanding so that we will prosper together. It is our responsibility to secure a positive future for all Virgin Islanders. May God bless the families in the territory during this joyous time, and may He bless America and the United States Virgin Islands and all of us. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Dec. 20, 2001 -- As we celebrate the joy and beautiful sights of the Virgin Islands during this holiday season, let us take time to reflect on the precious gift of life that is given to all Virgin Islanders. Let us take a few moments to acknowledge that we are grateful to participate in all the festivities and special family moments that characterize this time of year. This is why I spearheaded, along with other community organizations, the lighting of our towns and parks territory-wide
Let us keep in mind those who will experience sadness during this time of gaiety because they have endured tragedy or the loss of loved ones. This holiday season provides a reminder that goodwill among men and women must prevail if we are to enjoy a global peace that unifies us across a human chain of events. September 11, 2001 brought home the swiftness, with which our world can be forever altered.
We must remember in our prayers those families who will celebrate their first Christmas without their loved ones whose lives were tragically smitten by these heinous acts. Let us also remember in our prayers and thoughts the young men and women of America and our allies, who are serving in the Armed Forces, far away from their homeland. These brave and valiant soldiers are giving up their own merriment to ensure the freedoms that we sometimes take so much for granted. They are worthy of our deepest respect and appreciation.
Finally, let us share the goodwill of this season with each other - at home and abroad. Let us share our gifts - both tangible and intangible - with those less fortunate than we are. Let us ensure that our children understand that the true spirit of this season is characterized by dedication, love, and selflessness. As a community, let us create an atmosphere of devotion, caring and understanding so that we will prosper together. It is our responsibility to secure a positive future for all Virgin Islanders. May God bless the families in the territory during this joyous time, and may He bless America and the United States Virgin Islands and all of us. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!