OPINION

Hearts filled with Thanksgiving

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR

Today is the day of food, family, fun and football. Most of us get with our families and spend this day enjoying the company of those we love most. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and not just because of the "F's" I mentioned. It's because of the history behind it. It shows our resilience as a country, we all still agree that this is a day of coming together and giving thanks for the problems we have endured as a nation.

History says the Pilgrims went through a tough period of settling in when they arrived here. As a lot of Pilgrims who came on the Mayflower didn't live to see the first Thanksgiving, it caused a lot of difficulties for them. Their battles were against the natural elements that caused illness and diseases. When they felt successful however, they still were able to come together and give thanks. It wasn't until after their first harvest proved successful that a celebratory feast was arranged, and is now remembered as the "first Thanksgiving."

We today need to continue to be resilient and despite any difficulty we face, we need to not forget to give thanks. We face different problems from those the Pilgrims faced, however a battle is a battle. We face government battles, religious battles and other belief battles that rip America apart. We weaken our country with the many categories we want to be placed in to try and separate ourselves from him or her. At the end of the day, we can't forget that we live in the greatest country on Earth and we are all Americans.

And that's why today is one of my favorite holidays. We do come together. We do live, love and laugh. We show our traditional American pride.

Most importantly, today is a day of giving thanks. Be grateful that we are still one of the most powerful countries in the world. Be grateful that we have our freedom. Be grateful that we can share this time with those we love.

For me, I give thanks to God for allowing me to see another year. I thank Him for the opportunity to continue my life's journey. I even thank Him for the hard times I've faced, I feel it's a must. Without those down periods, I wouldn't stand as strong and proud as I do. And of course I thank Him, for a great support system in my loved ones.

We need to remember that being an American isn't always going to be peaches and cream. When we all want the best for this great land, of course there will be some feuds about the direction we are headed. But, we still need to stick together and stand united as one, and just appreciate the fact that we are here to say, "I'm proud to be an American." If nothing else at all is important, those words should never lose value.

Thank you