President Bush has called on Americans celebrating this holiday season to remember the sacrifices of U.S. troops overseas and the suffering of those in southern states who are still trying to recover from devastating hurricanes in 2005.
In his weekly radio address Saturday, Mr. Bush remembered the British settlers who first landed here in the 1600s in search of religious freedom.
He said a shivering few pilgrims have become a nation of more than 300 million people who still believe that every person has the right to live, work and worship in freedom.
Mr. Bush also expressed gratitude for troops overseas and people who have worked to help restore hurricane-damaged communities at home.
He called on all Americans to look for a way to help others in need, whether it be tutoring a child, working in a shelter or helping a neighbor.