Governor Pat McCrory released the following 2013 Thanksgiving Day message:
"First Lady Ann McCrory and I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with the love and fellowship of family and friends. Please join us in special prayers and thoughts for those who can't be with their loved ones this holiday, especially the men and women of our military deployed in the defense of our country. Their courage and dedication to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day of the year are a special source of Tar Heel pride, as is the support and sacrifice of their families.
"Thanksgiving is also a time to give thanks to North Carolina's farmers whose bounty of turkeys, hams, sweet potatoes and Christmas trees will help bring the joyous spirit of the holidays to people throughout our nation."