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Charles Lucey Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers

Pres. Ronald ReaganProclamation 4883 - Thanksgiving Day, 1981

November 12, 1981

By the President of the United States of America 
A Proclamation


America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its history. In keeping with America's heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings.

On this day of thanksgiving, it is appropriate that we recall the first Thanksgiving, celebrated in the autumn of 1621. After surviving a bitter winter, the Pilgrims planted and harvested a bountiful crop. After the harvest they gathered their families together and joined in celebration and prayer with the native Americans who had taught them so much. Clearly our forefathers were thankful not only for the material well-being of their harvest but for this abundance of goodwill as well.

In this spirit, Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Long before there was a government welfare program, this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character. Americans have always understood that, truly, one must give in order to receive. This should be a day of giving as well as a day of thanks.

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A Remembrance: Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers

by Ronald W. Kirk

The following poem "Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers" comes from a great volume of poetry for children, The Home Book of Verse for Young People. Thanks to my literary mentor Rosalie Slater of the Foundation for American Christian Education, this book formed the centerpiece of our poetry literature program for the elementary grades at the Master's School, Camarillo, California, of which I was founding headmaster. Our first year we began with five students in kindergarten and first grade. One was four years old, and is now my son-in-law and father to my grandchildren! We studied this poem first by way of memorization. We also thoroughly studied its meaning. For big, hard words, we recorded a vocabulary and mastered the text’s meaning. We worked hard for three weeks, but with joy. At Thanksgiving time, we held our first Master’s School Thanksgiving potluck in the home of John and Theresa Ford, where the school met. The children recited "Pilgrim Father’s," all ten stanzas, for their parents with great gusto, and with no prompting. (By the way, the Master’s School eventually had to rent the Camarillo Community Center Hall to hold the 300 to 400 family members that gathered to celebrate our school Thanksgiving each year.)

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Edward Winslow"Our harvest being gotten, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."

—Edward Winslow, regarding the First Thanksgiving, Plymouth, Massachusett—December 11, 1621


Jon Robinson - Pilgrim Pastor"Lastly, whereas you are to become a body politic, using amongst yourselves civil government, and are not furnished with any persons of special eminence above the rest, to be chosen by you into office of government. Let your wisdom and godliness appear, not only in choosing such persons as do entirely love, and will diligently promote the common good, but also in yielding unto them all due honor and obedience in their lawful administrations; not beholding in them the ordinariness of their persons, but God's ordinance for your good; nor being like unto the foolish multitude, who more honor the gay coat, than either the virtuous mind of the man, or glorious ordinance of the Lord. But you know better things, and that the image of the Lord's power and authority, which the magistrate beareth, is honorable, in how mean persons soever. And this duty you both may the more willingly, and ought the more conscionably to perform, because you are at least for the present to have only them for your ordinary governors, which yourselves shall make choice of for that work."

—John Robinson—Pilgrim Pastor in England and Holland, written to the Mayflower passengers upon impending their departure to the New World—July 1620


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