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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

OpEd: The First Thanksgiving - 1621

theodore MIRALDI.

Colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts that is widely acknowledged as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations. Source:

Thanksgiving is regarded as being the beginning of the fall–winter holiday season, along with Christmas and the New Year, in American culture. The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World.


Although there may be many alternate explanations about the First Thanksgiving regarding other celebrations on the new continent, The holiday wasn’t made official until 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln.

The Pilgrim's Freedom from Religious Persecution was the Cornerstone to our New Nation. It was Religion that guided that quest. The Bible became the birthplace of our social systems and moral underpinning.

We must now celebrate a New Beginning and show Thanks to our Family, Friends, Neighbors and our God for the Blessing of our nation in these trying times.

We are no longer Democrats or Republicans for at least this one day. We are Americans who for so long have enjoyed and endured.

But for the suffering of those who overcame immeasurable Hardship, Disease and Death we have much to give thanks...

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