Folklore tell us that sometime in November of 1621, the Pilgrims sat with local Native Americans to give thanks for their harvest and for their survival in Plymouth, Massachusetts about a year after they arrived in the New World. There would have been wild game including turkey and venison that were plentiful in the area served at the feast along with various vegetables grown or gathered by Native Americans.
What we know of Thanksgiving as a National Holiday came on October 3, 1863 during the Civil War when President Abraham Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of every November should be celebrated as a day of Thanks. It was later made into law in 1870 as a National Holiday along with Christmas and New Years Day. Thanksgiving really is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends recognizing the blessings God has bestowed on the people of the United States.
However, there are woke groups in our country that have proclaimed Thanksgiving as a day of shame and mourning, since it resulted from the colonization of the America by White Europeans at the expense of Native Americans who lost their lands to the new settlers. And, while there is no denying the history or the facts, just maybe Thanksgiving can be seen as a day of reconciliation since those alive today had nothing to do with taking Indian lands.
And, everybody in our country no matter their circumstances has every reason to give Thanks for the bounty that God has provided our nation. The fact is that no matter how poor anyone may be in the United States, they are a thousand times better off than the poor of most of the world. My Italian immigrant grandfather who came to America with nothing in 1909 always said, Bel America, Beautiful America because he understood fully the greatness of our country with all its flaws and injustices. In Sicily, the poor were forced to kiss the rings of the rich. They were completely subjugated by various foreign conquerors no better than slaves. And, while my grandparents probably would not have eaten turkey for Thanksgiving, they still would have celebrated the holiday as a religious experience giving thanks to God for all they had in their new country the most important of which was FREEDOM.
So let’s not let the wokesters destroy Thanksgiving as a part of American history. This holiday should be completely bipartisan and not subject to politically correct ideology. Enough already! Even Native Americans have much to be thankful for. They along with the rest of us live in the greatest country in the world, where Freedom is our most important treasure.
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