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Wednesday January 17, 2018

Message from Kathy

According to history, Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas, in 1598. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Mass., in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast.

In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest were more common and became annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities, and in some locations there was more than one thanksgiving celebration each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789. Thanksgiving is now celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November of each year.

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have. We give thanks for the veterans who protect our country, for the farmers who grow food in abundance, for the food that is available to all, and to the grocers who sell food to families across this nation.  We wish an enjoyable, food filled Thanksgiving to all of our readers!

Sincerely,

Kathy Siefken
Executive Director
Nebraska Grocery Industry Association

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