Thanksgiving will be celebrated by 68,000 troops at bases across Afghanistan today. U.S. troops will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham, sweet potatoes and pie. It’ll offer a rare taste of home for soldiers separated from their families, many of them on multiple tours of duty.
Undersecretary of the U.S. Army Dr. Joseph Westphal is taking time to visit with troops today to thank them for their service and to bring them words of encouragement during the difficult holiday season. Dr. Westphal is the second highest ranking civilian official of the Department of the Army, and he joins us this morning from the Forward Operating Base Pasab in Kandahar.
Black Friday traditionally marks the start of the holiday shopping season each year. But Black Friday isn't just on Black Friday anymore. Many major stores are opening their doors at 8 o'clock tonight. Some are even open right now and shoppers have been camping out for days to take advantage of the doorbuster deals.
But what kind of bargains can we expect from shops, and how much will shoppers spend this Black Friday? Marshal Cohen is an Industry Analyst for The NPD Group and the author of “Buy Me!” Cohen comes to “Starting Point” with some answers.
Is “Black Thursday” the new Black Friday? For K-Mart, the shopping frenzy starts on Thanksgiving.
Kmart has three different "doorbuster" openings this year. Kmart will be open Thanksgiving Day from 6am-4pm. It will then close and reopen Thanksgiving night at 8pm-3am, and reopen again on Black Friday at 5am.
Andrew Stein, the Chief Marketing Officer for K-Mart, joins "Starting Point" live from the CNN Bureau in Chicago to tell us why they chose the opening strategy, and lists a number of holiday deals the store is offering.
Deb Feyerick on volunteer efforts in Staten Island, NY to bring Thanksgiving meals to those hardest hit after Sandy.