In wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, I am reminded of the spirit I have seen and continue to see throughout our town. I have often referred to our Township as the neighborhood that cares, one that looks out for all its citizens’ needs, young and senior alike, a community made richer by the diversity, decent character and the heartfelt generosity of its citizens. This year and always, let us take a moment to reflect on why we come together every fourth Thursday in November, to give thanks. As we gather with family and friends, let us be reminded of those who shared the first Thanksgiving, the thankful Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the native Wampanoag tribe whose help enabled the colonists to survive their first harsh winter in America.
I believe President Reagan’s 1982 Thanksgiving Day proclamation best sums up what this holiday means to us. President Reagan said at that time, “I have always believed that this anointed land was set apart in an uncommon way, that a divine plan placed this great continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of faith and freedom. Our pioneers asked that He would work His will in our daily lives so America would be a land of morality, fairness, and freedom. Today we have more to be thankful for than our pilgrim mothers and fathers who huddled on the edge of the New World that first Thanksgiving Day could ever dream.”
On this day, let us kindle our national spirit of reaching out to those less fortunate and in need of a helping hand, let us continue to give thanks to God for the blessings of family, friend, community and country. And as always, let us remember those in service to our nation, our men and women of the armed forces, serving at home and in distant lands protecting our freedoms. Let us pray for their safety and that they may be reunited with their families soon.
From my family to yours, please have a Happy Thanksgiving and to our Jewish neighbors and friends celebrating the Festival of Lights, may you also have a Happy Hanukkah.
May God bless you all, and may God always bless the United States of America.
The Township of Scotch Plains