Thankful For …

Thanksgiving is coming up quickly and I can almost taste the feast! Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie … Can’t forget the parades and football, too! The celebration is delightful, however, it’s important to take a step back and remember what this holiday is truly about – giving thanks!

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Why give thanks? Where did this holiday begin? You probably remember the story you were taught in grade school:

The Pilgrims sailed, on the Mayflower, from England, to escape religious persecution. They landed on Plymouth rock, over two months later, where they hardly survived their first year (half of them dying from the harsh winter and disease). Then, Squanto and the Wampanoag people taught them how to hunt, fish, plant crops, and survive in the area – allowing the Pilgrims to succeed with a bountiful harvest. They celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest.

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Although this version of the story is most commonly taught in schools, there are controversies about where the first Thanksgiving actually originated. “In 1565, Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilé invited members of the Timucua tribe to dinner in St. Augustine, Florida, after a mass to thank God for his crew’s safe arrival. On December 4, 1619, when 38 British settlers reached Berkeley Hundred on the banks of Virginia’s James River, they read a proclamation to designate the date as ‘a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God’.” Some Native Americans believe that the story taught in schools portraits a false, friendly relationship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people. There has been a long and bloody history of conflict between Native Americans and European settlers, resulting in millions of deaths. Thanksgiving, rather than a celebration, thus has become a commemoration and a “National Day of Mourning” for many people … And the list of stories continues.

Whatever you may believe, one thing is certain: being thankful is good for the soul. Maybe you are thankful for Squanto helping the Pilgrims, for the safety of your crew, for your God, or for those people who fought for your survival through the hardships endured by the Native American people … Maybe you’re thankful for loved ones, shelter, warm food, or laughter … Maybe you’re thankful for people who are willing to help, smile, share, or give … Take a moment during this holiday to think about what you’re thankful for and appreciate it.

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At Three Square Market, we are thankful for our leaders, who established an impressive company that we are lucky to work for … for our employees, who dedicate their creativity and time to sustaining and improving a remarkable business … and, most importantly, to our customers, who inspire us to continuously grow and who make this all possible. Thank you.

 

To read more about the origin of Thanksgiving, check out our sources:
  1. History
  2. Huffington Post

Thank You For Your Service

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We want to take this opportunity to honor and say thank you to our Veterans, for serving our country and protecting our people. You are truly remarkable!

History Of Veterans Day

Although World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, fighting ceased when an armistice went into effect on 11/11 (1918) at 11:00 am. That day is known as “the end of the war to end all wars”.

In November 1919, President Wilson declared November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day:

“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 the nations…”

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926. An Act approved May 13, 1938, made November 11th of each year a legal holiday – celebrated as “Armistice Day”. Then, on June 1, 1954, the legislation approved an amendment of the Act of 1938, which removed the word “Armistice” and replaced it with the word “Veterans”.

On June 28, 1968, the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed. It’s purpose was to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees to celebrate Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day, on Mondays. This would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities, and stimulate more industrial and commercial production … or so it was thought. Many states didn’t like this idea and celebrated the holidays on their original dates. On October 25, 1971, the first Veterans Day under the new law was observed. People were confused. It became clear that the day was about historic and patriotic significance to most people, rather than a long weekend. So, on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law that returned the observance of Veterans Day back to November 11, starting in 1978.

Now we focus on the significant purpose of Veterans Day: “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

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Greenlight A Vet

Show your support! Change one light to green in a visible location and keep it glowing as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Use the hashtag #greenlightavet to help spread the word. LEARN MORE HERE