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Setting the Record Straight

The Beginning and Tradition of Thanksgiving

Why is this important: There are many factions, mostly on the far left of the American political spectrum who believe that the celebrators of the first thanksgiving, killed Indians, took their food, and took of the Indians as slaves.  Let’s set the record straight.

The Facts

The group that set out from Plymouth, in southwestern England, in September 1620 included 35 members of a radical Puritan faction known as the English Separatist Church. In 1607, after illegally breaking from the Church of England, the Separatists settled in the Netherlands, first in Amsterdam and later in the town of Leiden, where they remained for the next decade under the relatively lenient Dutch laws. Due to economic difficulties, as well as fears that they would lose their English language and heritage, they began to make plans to settle in the New World. Their intended destination was a region near the Hudson River, which at the time was thought to be part of the already established colony of Virginia. In 1620, the would-be settlers joined a London stock company that would finance their trip aboard the Mayflower, a three-masted merchant ship, in 1620.

The native inhabitants of the region around Plymouth Colony were various tribes of the Wampanoag people, who had lived there for some 10,000 years before the Europeans arrived. In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims famously shared a harvest feast with the Pokanokets; the meal is now considered the basis for the first Thanksgiving holiday.

The pilgrims held the first Thanksgiving feast to celebrate the successful fall harvest. Celebrating a fall harvest was an English tradition at the time and the pilgrims had much to celebrate.

The 53 pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving were the only colonists to survive the long journey on The Mayflower and the first winter in the New World. Disease and starvation struck down half of the original 102 who set sail

These pilgrims made it through that first winter and, with the help of the local Wampanoag tribe, they had a hearty supply of food to sustain them through the next winter. The feast celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621 was never actually called “Thanksgiving” by the colonists. It was simply a harvest celebration.

The Continental Congress declared the first national Thanksgiving on December 18, 1777. In 1789, George Washington declared the last Thursday in November to be the national celebration of Thanksgiving. These were both declarations and not official holidays.

The current date celebrated as Thanksgiving was driven by retailers. In 1939, the last Thursday of November would fall on November 30. Retailers complained to FDR that this only left twenty-four shopping days before Christmas and begged him to push Thanksgiving just one week earlier. It was determined that most people do their Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving and retailers hoped that with an extra week of shopping, people would buy more. FDR declared that a National Day of Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.

For most, Thanksgiving is a non-religious holiday. It is a time to pause with family and friends to give thanks.


Rebecca Beatrice Brooks 

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People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals – PETA

PETA Murders Animals

Why is This Important: PETA claims they stand for treating animals ethically and with dignity. PETA has the highest kill rate of any animal shelter or animal organization. PETA feels that the best way to comfort a homeless animal is to kill them. PETA has campaigned against having animals as pets. John Bryant, a representative of PETA stated that “The cat like the dog, must disappear.”

The Facts

PETA’s kill rate of animals handed over to them for care is nearly 90%

PETA has labeled milk as a “racist drink” because some races have a high level of lactose intolerance

PETA demanded that the ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s replace cow milk with human milk in their products.

PETA claims that fast food outlets and slaughterhouses should be blown up by activists.

PETA has kidnapped animals from people’s property and then euthanized them.

PETA has given grants to arsonist Rodney Coronado and the eco-terrorist group Earth Liberation Front.

PETA had a campaign called “Holocaust on Your Plate.” Comparing Jewish victims of the Holocaust to farm animals.

PETA created a porn site and then exposed unsuspecting visitors with photos of slaughtered animals.

PETA published pamphlets for children called “Mommy Kills Animals”

Consistent with radical left-wing activities, celebrities who support PETA don’t follow PETA’s manifesto:

  • Pamela Anderson’s Dodge Viper (auctioned to benefit PETA) had a “luxurious leather interior.”
  • Jenna Jameson was photographed fishing, slurping oysters, and wearing a leather jacket just weeks after launching an anti-leather campaign for PETA.
  • Morrissey got an official okay from PETA after eating at a steakhouse.
  • Dita von Teese has written about her love of furs and foie gras.
  • Steve-O built a career on abusing small animals on film.
  • The officially “anti-fur” Eva Mendes has worn fur anyway.
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: People cheer veterans in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City on November 11, 2015 in New York City. Known as “America’s Parade” it features over 20,000 participants, including veterans of numerous eras, military units, businesses and high school bands and civic and youth groups. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Veterans Day

Honoring our Veterans

Why is this important: Veterans Day in the United States is a special day for Americans to say thank you to the men and women who have defended the freedom, liberty, and people of America. This is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which occurs on the fourth Monday of May. Memorial Day is set aside to morn and remember those in the armed services who died defending our freedom. Veterans day was originally called Armistice Day marking the end of World War I. Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans who served in the armed services.

The Facts

Veterans Day is always observed on November 11, the day that World War I ended.

The American Flag should be flown at half mast and a period of silence of two minutes should be observed at 11am. World War ended in the 11th month on the 11th day at 11O’clock.

A wreath-laying ceremony takes place in Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier typically by the President of the United States.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday.

While Veterans Day as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.”

Woodrow Wilson inaugurated the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, and gave the following address to the country


The White House, November 11, 1919.

A year ago, today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.

With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.

Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.

To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.


United States Department of Veterans Affairs

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