After you read Today In History’s information, and James S. Robbins’s article on the history of Thanksgiving day, Giving Thanks in Wartime: The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Thanksgiving of 1864, you might want to take The Federalist Patriot Thanksgiving Day Quiz.
Dr. David Yeagley asks,
Many Indians today have a hard time with Thanksgiving, perhaps worse that Jews with Christmas. Thanksgiving doesn’t seem to be a holiday that inspires Indians, since it was actually the beginning of the end of our homes, and our way of life. And who’s to “thank” for that, but the white man? Is the situation abject? Are Indians forever slaves to discontent?
Read what he has to say.
Jane has her Thanksgiving proclamation:
Now in this new century, we find that for which we are grateful has not changed since the founding of this great nation: a country founded in freedom, all those who have sacrificed to preserve this covenant, all those in public service and those who dedicate their lives to preserving the homefront and our communities, those who with their toil give energy to the nation, energy to our families, and energy to the world. These United States so recently attacked, so recently termed divided, so recently declared a rouge, stand together on this day as on all others in appreciation of liberty and a with a willingness to secure that liberty at any cost. And there are none who deserve out gratitude more than our fighting men and women, who throughout the centuries have spent their lives to ensure the privilege of democracy and the continuity of America for all the world. God bless America and all her allies both declared and hidden.
Also from James S. Robbins, Pilgrim Parable: Choosing freedom.
This Pilgrim parable is worth remembering when giving thanks. Our country was not predestined to prosper; it did so through choices made at its Founding and renewed every generation since: the choices of freedom over rule, property over collectivization, the liberty of the individual human spirit over the dictates of the enlightened few. We should be thankful for the wisdom of our ancestors in creating this heritage, and mindful of our stewardship as we are called to carry forward this idea called America.
The WSJ gives thanks for America and David Gelenrter reminds us that it’s A Very Christian Holiday: “Fundamentalists” gave us Thanksgiving, and we should thank them for it
Michael is thankful for his visitors, too:
And as you pause from your day of sharing and football and turkey and trimmings to give thanks and praise, I also thank God for you. For as much as I do this for me, I do this for you, and without you, I would be diminished.
Happy Thanksgiving Day to all!