Today, we celebrate and give thanks for all that we have. I wish to again thank all of you for allowing me to be a part of your life. Over the course of the years of our lives we are witness to both good times and bad. Through it all, the one constant that binds us to success is each other. The trials and tribulations we observe only bring us closer together. Thank you all for being here with me.
As a country, we started out feeble. We could barely survive. Nearly half of the original colonies died away during their first year of arrival here. The Wampanoag Indians came to the aid of those settlers. They provided food and help build the shelters to get them through the winter. Showed them how to plant and harvest during the following summer. By the following year there was plenty to go around.
Thanksgiving has been celebrated for millennia in one form or other. Most countries recognize it as a celebration for harvest. Here in the U.S each state used to celebrate the holiday on their schedule. It wasn’t until 1863 that Lincoln determined the final Thursday of the month of November, that way everyone was on the same schedule. And it finally became a nationally recognized holiday in 1941 when the then legislature passed a law to make it a legal holiday throughout the country on the fourth Thursday of November (not necessarily the last Thursday).
For me, it is an opportunity to be thankful for all that we have and all that is yet to come. We have survived, we have grown, and we have prospered. The world is our oyster; the future sits on our doorstep. We simply need to go out there and get it.
I wish all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings and wish the widest success in your dreams of prosperity.
That being said…Let’s eat.