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We often think of Thanksgiving as only an American holiday. My research shows that worldwide, the values and traditions of giving thanks can be found in every culture and religion.

Council On Aging

Many countries of the world have official thanksgiving days. In our great nation, our day of thanks this year is on Nov. 23. Traditionally a day of feasting and family gatherings, we offer our gratitude for our health, family, friends and the privilege of the freedom we enjoy.

Our freedom is our most precious privilege and we honor our veterans on Nov. 11 for their service and sacrifice. The town of Dracut will hold its annual veterans ceremony on Nov. 11 at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Park. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Dracut American Legion on Broadway Road.

The monthly veterans breakfast is on Nov. 28 at the senior center. Special entertainment will be provided by Josie. If you would like to say thank you to our troops, you can visit www.letssaythanks.com. You can pick out a thank-you card and a message, print it, and it will be sent to a soldier who is currently serving in Iraq. It’s free and it only takes a second.

On Nov. 2, Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be at the senior center at 10 a.m. to speak on health-plan options for seniors. We’ll go to Wal-Mart on Nov. 3, and on Nov. 29, our quick trip will take us to the Methuen Dollar Store and the Chateau restaurant for lunch.

On Nov. 9, a lecture on hearing loss will be at 10 a.m., followed by a free hearing screening. Please sign up.

Dracut Town Meeting is Nov. 6 at the Dracut High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

We have had many people asking about the flu clinic. At this time, the Dracut Board of Health has not set up a date for the clinic. Please call 978-453-9320 for more information.

The nutrition program will serve its traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 16. Reservations must be made two days in advance.

My monthly coffee hour will be on Nov. 30 at the Dracut Council on Aging, “The Best Place In Town.”

Joyce Shadan is the executive director of the Dracut Council On Aging.