Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Delegate Keam quoted in Connection about Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks in Vienna

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving Day, the Vienna and Oakton Connection has asked area residents to respond to the following three questions:

1) What will you give thanks for this Thanksgiving?

2) What are you thankful for living and/or working in Vienna-Oakton area?

3) What advice would you give to someone looking for more special things to be thankful for here?

Mark Keam, State Delegate (D-35)

1. First and foremost, I am thankful for the good health of my family. I thank the Lord for blessing my wife, my kids and me with relatively strong physical and mental conditions. Without our health, all other blessings in life are simply not as meaningful.

I am also thankful for the opportunity to serve in public office as well as having a good job in the private sector. With many of our neighbors still looking for work and with ongoing economic uncertainties, I am grateful that I have two jobs I love.

Finally, I am thankful for being an American and that I live in a place where we can truly enjoy freedoms unimaginable in many parts of the world. Having grown up in other countries, I know for a fact that there is no better place where people can dream and work hard to achieve those dreams. We have a democracy that allows regular citizens to choose our leaders, and to transfer power to new leaders peacefully, as we saw earlier this month with the Congressional elections.

2. This is a great place to raise a family and for folks to feel a part of a community. Whether you live in the Town of Vienna or surrounding communities of Oakton, Dunn Loring, or Tysons, you can't go wrong with the quality of life, great schools, vibrant social life and humming local economy, and civic-minded neighbors who do their part to give back to this community.

There are so many ways to get involved locally from schools, sports, churches, and civic associations to enjoying a night out on the town. There are also numerous local traditions of Vienna like Farmers Market, Halloween Parade, Viva Vienna, and Church Street Stroll. These activities are family friendly and there are plenty of ways to volunteer if you want to do a little bit more than just observe.

Our neighborhood is the perfect hometown for newcomers as well as for the more established families. We love it here and we hope it remains this way for generations to come.

3. Jump in with both feet and make this your town! All the local community organizations are always looking for new volunteers to help maintain the tradition of civic participation. Step up and take the initiative to get involved with a cause you care about, and you'll find that folks all around you will support your leadership.

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