CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that many believe is one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations.
In 1789, George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation, calling on Americans to express their gratitude for the end to the country's War of Independence and the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
In 1863, in the midst of the bloody Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. Over the years, the Thanksgiving tradition has shifted focus to more about eating a big holiday meal with family, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and football on TV or maybe even more about the anticipation of the big shopping day of Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving.
Let's not forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving. It is a call to action. Thanksgiving is composed of two words: thanks and giving. As we sit down and enjoy our meal, let's remember those who can't. And as we give thanks, let's also plan what we'll do in the coming year to give back.
I hope all of you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.