The first American Thanksgiving began in 1619 in Virginia. Here 38 English settlers celebrated thanks and appreciation for making a successful journey across the Atlantic Ocean. It is believed they shared their celebration with Native Americans and turkey was served.
While George Washington initially began this day of thanks and prayer, it did not become an official holiday till 1863. In the midst of Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed this holiday to be celebrated in November of each year.
Since that time Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Liberia, Germany, and Japan have also marked this holiday. While not all celebrate in November the theme of giving thanks for the blessings received is a common thread.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.