Just a brief post this week to acknowledge and to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving Day! Thanksgiving as we know it in the United States originates in the annual harvest feasts at Plymouth Plantation, Massachusetts which began in 1621. President George Washington declared a Day of Thanksgiving throughout the recently united states in October of 1779. And President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the last Thursday in November should be set aside for Thanksgiving in 1863 even as the nation was embroiled in civil war. But the fourth Thursday of November was not formally designated a national holiday, Thanksgiving Day, until a joint resolution by Congress was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on December 26, 1941. As a city, as a nation, as a people may we will always take time to acknowledge, to be grateful for and to share the rich blessings which have been given to us, preserving a tradition both common and sacred to the English pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag people of what became known as Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Illustration: The First Thanksgiving, oil on canvas by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, circa 1912-1915 in the public domain from wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_First_Thanksgiving_cph.3g04961.jpg