By: Joleene DesRosiers Moody, Contributing Writer
Sometimes, we forget what Thanksgiving is all about.
The history books tell us that it all began in 1621, when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared the first American harvest festival.
The feast celebrated the kindness of the Indians, who came to the aid of the Pilgrims after they landed at Plymouth Rock.
Many were sick with disease and practically starving.
The feast celebrated their integration.
Two centuries later, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
The beloved holiday hit the books as official in 1863 and is widely celebrated still today.
So what are you thankful for?
Who has helped you in your time of need? Who has showed your graciousness and kindness when you needed it the most?
We asked you and here’s what you told us:
Mary Catherine Stassi, city of Oswego resident
“I am grateful for my amazing three children and wonderful partner. They are my reason for waking up every morning! Everyday with them is a gift.”
Reuel Todd, Oswego County Sheriff
“I am most thankful for my family. All of them: my wife, my children, my granddaughter and my brothers and sisters. I am also grateful for our military personnel who keep our country free and proud. And I certainly can’t forget the men and women who work for the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office. From clerical and administrative staff to the deputies themselves, I am thankful for their service. They are some of the finest people this county could ask for. I am also grateful to all of the other police officers, firemen and emergency responders that keep our people safe. Thank you for all you do.”
Elizabeth Stetz Woods, Pulaski resident
“I am thankful for terrific friends who are always there for me and show it on a continual basis. I am thankful for my wonderful family generating from Waterloo, NY, and for my job that I love that allows me to put a roof over my head, food on the table, clothes on my back, and for my babies: my dogs and cats who love me unconditionally.”
Ronald L. Woodward, city of Fulton Mayor
“I am thankful that I grew up in a family where my parents always focused on family togetherness during the holidays. Both of my parents are gone now; but I am thankful to be able to carry on the tradition with my family, children, grandchildren and yes, a few great-grandchildren. It brings me back to my own childhood.”
Cathy Trowbridge, secretary to Mayor Woodward
“I am thankful for my wonderful family and my very dear friends. I am also thankful for all the men and women in the Armed Forces who protect our freedoms and pray that they all come home soon.”
Heather Marino, Bernhards Bay resident
“I am grateful for my wonderful family and friends. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. I am grateful to have what I have worked so hard to get and the know how to help others when they need it most.”
Tracy O’Connor Drake, Pulaski resident
“I am thankful to live in a community that still embraces the core values of American patriotism and service to others. You see it in our schools, fire department, library, community events, and even our businesses. Folks here supported our family when our son was injured in Iraq and I see that kind of thing here all the time.”
Patty Ritchie, state senator
”I am thankful for my family and my friends. I am also thankful to have the opportunity to serve the people of Central and Northern New York and to work towards making our state a better place.”
(Please, use the comments section to add your own thoughts)