November 21, 2012


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I will, most likely, be taking a break from posting tomorrow as I observe Thanksgiving with my family.

I don’t have any images of Plymouth Plantation, the Mayflower or Plymouth Rock to honor the holiday, but I do have this image of the Lincoln Memorial. “How is that appropriate?” you ask.

Well until 1863, different states paid homage to the first Thanksgiving on different dates. It was then that Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring nationwide observation of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, largely in an attempt to foster unity between the Northern and Southern States.  But with the Civil War going on, that unity thing wasn’t working. It wasn’t until the 1870’s — after Reconstruction — that the concept of a National Day of Thanksgiving was adopted.

In 1941, Thanksgiving, as we know it, was moved to the fourth Thursday in November (not always the last) and became a National Holiday under Franklin D. Roosevelt.

It has to be true. I found it on Wikipedia.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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