ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 23 Nov) – U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney on Thursday arrived in Zamboanga City where she celebrated Thanks Giving Day with American troops.
Kenney also visited an orphanage in the village of Talon-Talon and carried children and spoke to caretakers. She also signed an agreement with the local government to help fund the protection of a watershed area in Zamboanga.
Security was tight during Kenney’s visit. U.S. and Filipino troops were spotted guarding her throughout the visit.It was the first time that a U.S. ambassador celebrated Thanks Giving Day in Zamboanga City, a former American colony.
An undetermined number of U.S. troops are stationed in Zamboanga City and Jolo island where they train Filipino soldiers and conduct humanitarian mission in remote villages.
The fourth Thursday of November is observed as a legal holiday in the United States to commemorate the feast held at Plymouth in 1621 by the Pilgrim colonists and members of the Wampanoag people and marked by the giving of thanks to God for harvest and health. (Mindanao Examiner)