NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Many people paused to give thanks on Thursday for the men and women who serve overseas and here at home.

WLNY TV 10/55’s Long Island Bureau Chief Richard Rose went out to see what folks in New York were celebrating this Thanksgiving.

Catherine Cortale flew in from Florida, looking forward to a long-cherished family reunion in Huntington.

“This is the first holiday I’ve been able to spend time with my family in four years,” Cortale said. “So I’m really thankful for my family and how they’ve helped me the past few years.”

Nancy Suric, of Jericho, says amid the daily headlines of terror overseas, her family’s lively get-together are a reminder of what to be thankful for.

“It’s about being grateful, just being happy and grateful for what you have” Suric said. “We’re all worried about ‘what’s next.'”

John Abramchuck, of Flushing, agrees, after getting good news about both a job and his wife now being cancer-free.

“Everything’s looking good, we made it over that hump,” Abrahchuck said. “We’re ready for the next hump that comes up, and I’m employed. ”

Ryan Powell, 8, said he had plenty to be thankful for.

“Everything’s looking good, so we got over that hump,” Abrahchuck said.

Doris Smith, of Oakland Gardens, was nearly killed in a car crash last year — now, she celebrates just being alive.

“It’s wonderful — my husband and I survived a terrible accident, and so we’re thankful we’re here.”

Queens teens Ashley Kim and Alexis Goldstein are celebrating finding each other.

“I finally found a good friend,” Kim said.

So many things to be thankful for this holiday season.


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