Thanksgiving Day - 1998
Only 50 of the 102 immigrants survived the first winter in Plymouth. But hope returned with the spring. With the help of a Native American neighbor, they learned how to plant and cultivate corn. And in the fall, the Pilgrims invited the Wampanoag Native Americans to share the first Thanksgiving feast and concluded a treaty with sachem Massasoit.
As President Clinton noted in his official 1998 Thanksgiving proclamation, the colonial Thanksgiving in 1621 "foreshadowed the challenge and opportunity that such diversity has always offered us: to live together in peace with respect and appeciation for our differences and to draw one another's strengths in the work of building a great and unified Nation."
We might add that tomorrow is also a time to give thanks for the many liberties enjoyed in our land. We happily take this opportunity to wish all our readers a happy Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998.