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Lincoln Proclaims Thanksgiving

Very few people probably think of Thanksgiving as a national holiday that was started in gratitude for the Union Army victory at Gettysburg. Although George Washington, leader of the revolutionary forces in the American Revolutionary War, proclaimed a thanksgiving in December 1777 as a victory celebration honoring the defeat of the British and the surrender of British General Burgoyne at Saratoga, it was not an event that was held annually. It was very common during this period in the 1700's for a day of thanksgiving to be designated in honor of a military victory, an adoption of a state constitution or an exceptionally bountiful crop.

It wasn't until October 1863 that President Lincoln, in a speech written by Secretary of State William Seward, declared that the fourth Thursday of every November would be an official U.S. holiday for Thanksgiving. Although times are very different today than 150 years ago there are so many parts of his proclamation about this great country that still ring true and can be read here.

Thanksgiving for our Troops

This week many bases and communities across the country will serve Thanksgiving dinner to service members who cannot travel home for the holidays. Following is just a sample of some of the activities across the country and many do accept volunteers. It may be too late this year, but start early next year and see how you can help someone enjoy a Thanksgiving away from their family.

Thanksgiving at SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Michigan.

According to The Journal Gazette at www.fortwayne.com about 100 boxes containing a 12-pound turkey - plus cans of corn, green beans and sweet potatoes and boxes containing stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes and a pumpkin pie - all inside a brown cardboard box are delivered to area military families as a way to say "thank you."

Each box also contained a message of thanks to the service members and their families.

The boxes will be delivered today to members of the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard and the Indiana Army National Guard's 293rd Infantry, both based in Fort Wayne.

San Juan Capistrano and other Southern California communities throughout San Diego, Orange County and Riverside counties will participate in a Home Hospitality Program that is sponsored by the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton. The program matches young Marines from the nearby School of Infantry Command at Camp Pendleton with area families who are encouraged to invite two Marines to share Thanksgiving dinner. The Marines have recently finished boot camp and have eight hours of liberty to enjoy the holiday. If you live in this area be sure and put your name on the list early because the program is so popular that this year there was a waiting list.

Another way to contribute is to send an email to thanksgiving@subvetsgroton.org. The U.S.Submarine Veterans Groton Base serves Thanksgiving dinner to approximately 900 active duty sailors who cannot make it home for the holidays as well as local and state law enforcement for their continued service to our community and country and Submarine Veterans WWII. If you live in this area you can contribute desserts or monetary donations are also necessary.

The Jewish War Veterans Post 126 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, will be hosting the 9th Annual Thanksgiving for the Troops for approximately 300 out of state soldiers who are currently training at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Due to their training schedule, these service members are unable to be home with their families for the holidays, but they will be treated to a surprise traditional Thanksgiving meal. In addition, former Jewish War Veterans New Jersey State and Post 126 Commander Arthur Seltzer will be presented the Bronze Star by Colonel Jeffrey A Doll, USA, Commander of U.S. Army Support Activity, Fort Dix. Mr. Seltzer, 87, is a World War II Army Veteran of D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp. For more information see the website for American Legion Post 372.

Thousands turn out in Cherry Hill, NJ to greet the troops. Photo from Cheryl Elias, 2009.

Giving Thanks

At this time of year when we reflect on all that we are grateful for we want to thank our military - the men and women around the world serving our country who enjoy a very different kind of Thanksgiving so that we at home may enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving of family, turkey and football games.

We also extend our sincerest thanks to all of our loyal Glendale customers for your continued support!

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