With Thanksgiving nearly here, I encourage all of us to be mindful of and grateful for our many blessings. That might be a bit more challenging this year given the terrible weather Frankfort was hit with last Saturday. The blessings that came out of that very difficult day were that no one was killed and so many stepped up to help their fellow community members.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to our first responders and other emergency personnel, our Street Department crews and Frankfort City Light & Power crews who all worked very hard to restore power, clear streets and help those directly affected by the storms.
As we approach the end of 2017 and reflect on our country and the world around us, it seems to be a time of upheaval. In addition to violence and terrorist attacks around the globe, fellow Americans endured multiple tragedies. In the aftermath of hurricanes and mass shootings we sent our thoughts and prayers for strength, peace and comfort to those dealing with unimaginable difficulties, sadness and pain.
Even with so much chaos in our society, we stand together as a community, a state and a nation. While many of us will celebrate the holiday with family and friends enjoying delicious food, I ask you to keep all of those in our community, state, nation and world who are not as fortunate in your thoughts and prayers.
We pray for strength and peace for those who have lost a loved one and are grieving during this holiday and for those facing health issues, unemployment and loneliness.
To our courageous men and women fighting for the cause of freedom around the world who cannot be home with their families this Thanksgiving and to their amazing families and friends who miss them so much, we are grateful for their selfless acts of patriotic service.
On a personal note, I am very thankful to serve each of you and work together every day to make Frankfort a stronger community; one we all can be proud of and build upon for our children and grandchildren.
On this Thanksgiving and every day, hold your loved ones close, reach out to those far away and cherish moments together.
Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless each of you,
Mayor Chris McBarnes