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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at the Annual LES Thanksgiving Celebration
November 20, 2019

Ambassador Gingrich smiles and looks off to the side as she stands behind a wooden podium.

Rome, Italy
November 20, 2019

Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at the Tri-Mission Locally Employed Staff Thanksgiving Celebration.

Ambassador Eisenberg, Charge Harhigh, colleagues, and friends – Good afternoon! Thank you for joining us as we honor our locally employed staff during this Thanksgiving season.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the CLO for organizing today’s gathering. Our celebration is extra special this year, as we mark the first annual Locally Employed Staff Appreciation Day.

Our local staff work diligently throughout the year to help advance American foreign policy. We couldn’t do our work without you. You are the backbone of our Tri-Mission and we are grateful for your dedicated service.

So, as we reflect upon our many blessings and spend time with family and friends this Thanksgiving season, we pause to honor and thank you, our dedicated local staff, for your invaluable contributions.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you and God bless.

Callista L. Gingrich
U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See