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Americans Observe Thanksgiving Holiday

Millions of Americans are gathering with family and friends Thursday to reflect on their blessings for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In towns and cities across the United States, Thanksgiving is marked by parades, charity events and traditional turkey dinners. The American Automobile Association estimates that some 37-million Americans will travel 80 kilometers or more from home this holiday, a slight increase over last year.

After several weeks of almost non-stop travel, President Bush is spending the holiday at his ranch in Crawford, Texas to spend a few quiet days with his family.

Mr. Bush said Wednesday he is thinking of American military personnel serving abroad, as well as their families. He said Americans are thankful for their sacrifices.

Thanksgiving is observed each year on the fourth Thursday in November. It dates back to 1621, when European settlers and native American Indians ate together to celebrate a bountiful harvest.