Happy Thanksgiving a day to celebrate our origins and liberty
Tomorrow, we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving and count our blessings. Amongst them let us list life, liberty, and religious freedom.
After all, this holiday many now take for granted is based on the New England puritan Thanksgiving, a religious Thanksgiving. Puritanism was a religious reform movement that arose within the Church of England in the late sixteenth century. Under siege from church and crown, it sent an offshoot to the northern English colonies in the New World — a migration that laid the foundation for the religious, intellectual, and social order of this country.
It was in 1621 the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. However, it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
This Thanksgiving let us renew our resolve to protect the blessings of our liberty.
As Patrick Henry once said, “No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”