I am the cook, so I only have time for a short note about this, but as I give thanks today I will be keeping my problems and blessings in perspective by thinking about my Marine brother Amir Hekmati, who is spending his third Thanksgiving inside Evin Prison, in Tehran.

Please feel free to catch up with his story if you aren’t familiar with it at the family’s website. In short, Amir, a former sergeant in the United States Marine Corps was visiting his grandmother in Iran when he disappeared. Some time later, the family found out that the Iranian government had taken him. He has since been tried in a secret trial he didn’t attend and sentenced to death, sent for retrial, tried AGAIN in a secret trial neither he nor his attorney attended or knew about, and sentenced to 10 years.

Today, please take the time to be thankful for all your family who could be there, and keep in mind the Hekmatis, whose son can’t be with them.

Semper Fi

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