grate·ful  [greyt-fuhl] 



1.warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful: I am grateful to you for your help.

2.expressing or actuated by gratitude: a grateful letter.

3.pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing: a grateful breeze.
 Synonyms 1.  obliged, indebted. Grateful, thankful  describe an appreciative attitude for what one has received. Grateful  indicates a warm or deep appreciation of personal kindness as shown to one: grateful for favors; grateful to one's neighbors for help in time of trouble. Thankful  indicates a disposition to express gratitude by giving thanks, as to a benefactor or to a merciful Providence; there is often a sense of deliverance as well as of appreciation: thankful that one's life was spared in an accident; thankful for the comfort of one's general situation. 3.  pleasant, gratifying,satisfying.
It is the season of gratitude and thanksgiving.  With Thanksgiving Day fast approaching it is so easy to let my attention focus on menus and recipes, shopping lists and guest lists.  Today however,  I want to express my gratitude to those whom I am deeply indebted, grateful for and thankful to.  Those men and women who so bravely sacrifice to defend and protect our
My deep appreciation is also for the army of wives and husbands, children and grandparents, sisters and brothers of those who serve in harms way.  They too, serve and sacrifice for our country while their loved one is away, for which I am eternally grateful.
I have heard it said that we are the Home of the Free because of the Brave.  That we are.  And from the bottom of my heart I thank you.