Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving




By Tony Vega
Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving should remind us of the many things we are thankful for, such as freedom and the men and women past and present that have sacrificed and are continuing to sacrifice for our freedom. Thanks to our troops, I am free to post this.

Among my many blessings, I am grateful that I am American. I say this with pride and no apologies.

I acknowledge the sins of this young country’s beginning, such as slavery and the much earlier decimation of Native Americans. This abomination will forever serve as blight on America’s history. I am thankful that we as a people and nation were able to rise above that. In line with our Judeo-Christian values we are able to face our sins, swear to never repeat such atrocities, and embrace equality and freedom as the basic tenets of our civilization.

Each and every American citizen should be proud of this great nation and stand fast against tyranny, and remain stalwart for freedom and justice.

On December 4, 1619, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkley Hundred in Virginia. The group's charter required that the day of arrival be observed yearly as a "day of thanksgiving" to God. On that first day, Captain John Woodleaf held the service of thanksgiving. Here is the section of the Charter of Berkeley Hundred, which specifies the thanksgiving service:

"Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."-source: wikipedia.

In the spirit of the first Thanksgiving, I would proclaim to be forever thankful to God, for family and country.

May you and yours have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

finally someone with no apologies! lets stop the pandering man its the best country in the world

deadman walking said...

LOL i just took a quiz on your site and they told me i'm going to die soon