We do not know the exact date of the first American Thanksgiving celebration, but we can be certain that this cherished custom is founded in our Judeo-Christian heritage.
After the battle of a long and difficult winter, the Pilgrims gathered with their new found Indian friends who had taught them so much about survival in the new land. Together, they gathered to celebrate, pray, and give thanks for the abundant harvest God had blessed them with.
Today we have much more to be truly thankful for than our Pilgrim mothers and fathers did. Americans are appreciative not only for our many blessings, but also for the boldness and fortitude of our Pilgrim predecessors. We can learn a lot from the fearless and courageous actions of the Pilgrims. It was their determination and backbone, guided by faith, that enabled them to get through the tough times. Our heroic Pilgrim predecessors forged ahead and fought together during a difficult period. They remained patient, unafraid, and perseverant through a dark perilous hour in America.
As we gather to celebrate with family and friends on this Thanksgiving, lets remember the full meaning of the day. This reflection can help us recommit the devotion to God and family that has played such a fundamental role in the making of this great country, and will be a much needed source of security and strength as we fight to remain a great people.
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