George Washington proclaimed the first national-wide day of thanksgiving in 1789. He noted that this should be "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God"
Like many other holidays, Thanksgiving has evolved over time. The original religious underpinnings have given way to a more secular family reunion with turkey and stuffing while watching a parade or football game. Later in the day it also leads to the newest contact sport in America - Black Friday shopping.
Perhaps tomorrow, you will join with me in a reflective moment and give true thanks for all our blessings. Regardless of religion or political bias,we can say thanks for the country we live, to the men and women who guard it, and to those who strive to make it "a more perfect union". As Woody Guthrie so famously sang "this land is your land"; may it be guided wisely and protected always.