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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

from PBUS

Happy Thanksgiving!
For many of us, the Thanksgiving holiday includes feasting, enjoying the four-day weekend, watching football games and floats and getting together with family and friends. The first Thanksgiving however, was neither a feast nor a holiday, but a simple gathering. Following the Mayflower's arrival at Plymouth Rock on Dec. 11, 1620, the Pilgrims suffered the loss of 46 of their original 102 colonists. With the help of 91 Indians, the remaining Pilgrims survived the bitter winter and yielded a bountiful harvest in 1621. In celebration, a traditional English harvest festival, lasting three days, brought the Pilgrims and Indians to unite in a Thanksgiving observance.

This Thanksgiving meal would not be celebrated again until June of 1676. On June 29, 1676 the community of Charlestown, Massachusetts, proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving for their good fortune. Ironically, this celebration excluded the Indians, as the colonists' recognized their recent victory over the "heathen natives." One hundred years later, in October 1777, all 13 colonies participated in a one-time "Thanksgiving" celebration, which commemorated the patriotic victory over the British at Saratoga. It would take a span of over 150 more years to establish Thanksgiving as we celebrate it today. George Washington proclaimed it a national holiday in 1789, Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving day in 1863, and Congress sanctioned it as a legal holiday in 1941.

So as you spend this Thanksgiving holiday this year with family and friends, remember that it is primarily a time of thanks and gratitude for all that we have and hold most precious. Celebrate, enjoy, and cherish each other this Thanksgiving Day and for all the days to come. Wishing all of you a happy Thanksgiving Day from the PBUS Board of Directors and staff. more

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