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U.S. Thanksgiving: Spirits remain high


Staff writers
November 22, 2012 — With Hurricane Sandy still a vivid memory across the U.S. northeast, spirits remain high as Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. The 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade serves as a 'beacon of hope.'


Spirits remain high as Americans head home to celebrate Thanksgiving
Spirits remain high as Americans head home to celebrate Thanksgiving

Parts of the U.S. are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy's destruction, but several are using the Thanksgiving holiday to reconnect with family and friends.

Airports, train stations and highways are expected to remain busy as people head home to kick off the holiday season. 

More than 43 million people will be hitting the road and taking flight during the busiest travel season of the year.

On Wednesday, dense fog in Chicago lead to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations. 

Both airports that serve the Chicago area, O'Hare and Midway, were affected through the morning hours.

5,000 bleacher seats at the Thanksgiving Day Parade reserved for Sandy-hit families
5,000 bleacher seats at the Thanksgiving Day Parade reserved for Sandy-hit families

In New York, volunteers are serving thousands of turkey dinners to help those still struggling or left homeless following Sandy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to distribute close to 27,000 meals to the neighbourhoods hardest hit by the storm. 

The city is also giving away about 5,000 bleacher seats to the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to help lift the spirits among New Yorkers. The parade's executive producer says it has always served as a "beacon of hope and entertainment" for the city. 

For other main attractions like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island however, the outlook is not as hopeful.

The National Park Service announced that both sites will remain closed to visitors as Sandy clean-up and repairs are ongoing. 

While the Statue of Liberty faced little damage itself, docks, railings and other facilities on Liberty Island were greatly damaged. 

Officials have yet to establish a re-opening date for both attractions. 

With files from CNN

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