This year, as I sit down with my family, prepared to tuck into an opulent meal, I am reminded how fortunate we are, how very much we have to be thankful for. 384 years ago, depending on the most accepted account of when the first Thanksgiving took place, a ragtag group of immigrants, religious refugees from a far shore, sat down to share a meal with the local, American born, people who had helped them to survive the Starving Time, as their first year in the new land came to be known. I know there are many versions of what that first feast signified, but for now I want to stick to the mainstream message we have chosen to accept as the meaning of Thanksgiving. That is, the feast was a sharing of bounty between the natives and the newcomers. The United States, as F.D.R. reminded us, and we should all remember, is a nation of immigrants. Let us celebrate that legacy of diversity, and let us always welcome the pilgrims who come here hoping for a better life.
I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
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