Happy Thanksgiving

Chad W. Lutz
During a cold and blustery early showing of winter in November in the 1620s, Myles Standish, John Carver, Edward Winslow, Thomas Prence and other early settlers huddled together in log cabins in the colony of Plymouth and celebrated the very first Thanksgivings with Native Americans. More than 140 years later, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the annual meal a federal holiday. We hold this celebration on the fourth Thursday of November in remembrance of the harvest, of our family, our friends, and of the powers at be that guide and move us along.

The sentiments President Lincoln must’ve have felt to deem the time of year a national holiday still loom largely present in modern culture. Times have certainly changed, but the idea of stopping for a moment to think on those we love and things that entertain and bring us joy is still a notion widely revered and necessary for the good in all Americans to thrive. As you bow your heads or simply gather around family and friends this Thursday, reflect on the past year; losses, gains, triumphs, falters, individuals days, hours, minutes, and entire seasons as a whole; think back on everything that has transpired and lead you to this very moment and find the courage to be thankful that things weren’t as bad as they could have been, and that tomorrow holds promise for any and all courageous enough to take destiny into their own hands.

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Happy Thanksgiving (No sympathy for Turkeys)