Commonwealth Policy Center

Millions of Americans will be traveling this Thanksgiving but imagine making a long, uncomfortable trip and when you arrived at your destination, you had no place to stay? That’s the story of the Pilgrims and their voyage on the Mayflower nearly 400 years ago. They came to this new world seeking religious freedom but it came at a great price. They suffered from sickness and exposure and nearly half died that first year. Yet in the fall of 1621, they still thanked God in a three-day celebration with local Indians. An Indian by the name of Squanto helped the pilgrims plant corn, taught them how to hunt, and survive in the harsh climate. Squanto was a Godsend. And tomorrow we have much to celebrate and give thanks for. So count your blessings, enjoy your family, and may God bless you.