President Bush is spending the Thanksgiving holiday at his Texas ranch.

The president and Mrs. Bush are joined on their Prairie Chapel ranch by their daughters, Jenna and Barbara, and his parents, the former President George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Bush.

Their menu includes roasted turkey with cornbread dressing and pan gravy, maple whipped sweet potatoes, roasted asparagus, red peppers and green beans, with two kinds of pie for dessert - pumpkin and Texas pecan.

In comments at the White House before leaving for Texas, President Bush said Thanksgiving is a holiday rooted in the American spirit of gratitude and sharing, a spirit he says is seen today along the Gulf Coast, where people came together with food, shelter and a helping hand for those devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

He gave thanks to state and local law enforcement and first responders, who he says embody the nation's highest ideals of courage and devotion to duty.

The president thanked those serving in the military who are far from home protecting America's freedoms. He also thanked military families, who have an empty seat at the table this Thanksgiving, saying Americans are grateful for their sacrifice as well.

In a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, Mr. Bush asked God's blessing on those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. He said Americans give thanks to live in a country where "freedom reigns, justice prevails, and hope prospers."

The president is at the ranch resting up from a just-concluded eight-day trip to Asia. He will make remarks on border security in Arizona Monday, before returning to the White House Tuesday afternoon.