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This photo released by The White House shows President Bush talking to U.S. troops from Camp David, Md., Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. The President phoned members of the Armed Forces, who are stationed overseas, to wish them a happy Thanksgiving and thank them for their service to the Nation. (AP Photo/ The White House, Eric Draper)

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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a Thanksgiving message for "the bold, the loyal, the warm-hearted" Americans on Nov. 23, 1944. (Stanford University)

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Parishioners offer prayer during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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A parishioner readies to receive Holy Communion from Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, prepares to break the bread of communion during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Parishioners offer praise during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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A parishioner readies to receive Holy Communion from Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, center, offer prayer before Holy Communion during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, blesses the altar area during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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The relic containing the blood of the former Pope John Paul II was on display during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, delivers his homily overlooking a portrait of Pope John Paul II and the relic containing the blood of the former Pontiff during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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The Healy family was one of several in attendance for the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Seminary Kevin Kayser, 20, right, sits with the thurible in the back of the altar during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, sings a hymn during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Seminarians Brandon Brown, left, and Michael Russo, right, prepares a passage in the Holy Bible during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Seminary Michael Russo holds the Holy Bible during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Father Gregory Gresko, Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, right, blesses the congregation with Holy Water during the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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John Winfrey, 52, Master of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus, foreground, stands for prayer during the the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times

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Seminary Kevin Kayser, 20, right, carries a thurible during the start the Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 27 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Khalid Naji-Allah Special to The Washington Times