Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Could you imagine taking a trip that lasted much longer than it was supposed to, in uncomfortable seats 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 freedom of religion but it came at a great price. They suffered with sickness and exposure and nearly half died that first year. Yet in the fall of 1621, they still thanked God in three-day celebration. An Indian by the name of Squanto, helped them plant corn, taught them how to hunt and fish and survive in the harsh climate. Squanto was a Godsend. Today, we reap the benefits of their courage and we'll celebrate with twice the blessings and half the troubles they experienced. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and may God bless you.