Dear Fellow Portlanders,
On this Thanksgiving Day, many of us are preparing to gather with our families and friends to celebrate this special holiday. I hope we can all take this opportunity to focus on the valuable relationships that enrich our lives and our community.
Reflecting on the past year, we have navigated through challenges, experienced growth, and witnessed significant changes in our beloved city. I stand firm in my belief that Portland’s resilience and strength is unmatched. I am continually inspired by the tireless efforts of the countless Portlanders who work every day to make our city a better, more vibrant place for all. Your dedication and hard work do not go unnoticed.
November is also a time we honor Native American Heritage Month. As we gather, let's also remember and reflect the complex history of the United States. It's crucial to acknowledge the injustices faced by Tribal Nations and the urban Native American community, both regionally and across the nation. I encourage you to join me in honoring indigenous people, learning from our shared history, and working towards repairing past injustices.
As we look forward to the holiday season and the New Year, I am filled with optimism for the progress yet to come. Together, we can continue to build a city that upholds the values of inclusivity, equity, and community.
On behalf of the City of Portland and myself, I extend my warmest wishes to you and your families for a very happy Thanksgiving. May this season bring you peace, happiness, and many reasons to be thankful.
Mayor Ted Wheeler