A National Day of Thanksgiving in the USA

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November 28 2013 is a National day of Thanksgiving in the USA! 

Our forefathers celebrated a year of abundance in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation. 102 Pilgrims had arrived on the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The first year they lost 46 original settlers but with the help of 91 native Americans they survived the winter and expressed gratitude for the fall harvest with a three day festival. Traditionally, this has been known as the “First Thanksgiving.

Globally, America and Canada celebrate a day of National Thanksgiving.

This year Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day which is a once in a lifetime experience.  According to LiveScience it won’t happen again for almost 70,000 years!  This Hybrid holiday has been lovingly dubbed “Thanksgivukkah.”

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This day of Thanksgiving has traditionally been is to express gratitude and appreciation for family, friends and God with all his blessings. 

Interesting fact…..Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various different dates throughout history.  It was not until December 26, 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after pushing two years earlier to move the date up to give the country an economic boost with a longer Christmas selling season, signed a bill into law, with congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday and proclaiming it to be the fourth Thursday in November.

George Washington shared the first Presidential Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Thanksgiving Presidential Proclamations help reinforce our need for peace and gratitude.

Some memorable Thanksgiving quotes make this day of gratitude an opportunity to start traditions in your experience.

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt 

“Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.” ~Joseph Auslander

“Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.” ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

“O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” ~William Shakespeare

Please join with us on this National day of Thanksgiving in the USA to unite world wide with Love, peace and respect for each unique country and culture living together in one world in harmony.

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Happy Are The Peacemakers

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 Ask yourself… what I am doing to create peace in my home, my community and my country?

Can I make a difference as one person?

What can I do to let my light shine?

How can I help my neighbor?

How can I love my neighbor?

Who can I be nice to today?

What did I learn today?

How am I better today than yesterday?

Where do your coping skills come from ?

Do I have any coping skills?

What are coping skills?

Trying to connect some dots? 

Ask yourself…..How can I be a peacemaker?

Why are peacemakers happy?

Happy Are The Peacemakers

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Memorial Day 2013

 

Memorial Day is to honor the Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Service and have passed on.

The holiday is observed the last Monday in May and was formerly known as Decoration Day. The tradition started after the Civil war to commemorate the Union and Confederate soliders who had died.

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Memorial Day is to remember the men and women who died while serving in the American armed forces.

This should not be confused with Veterans Day, November 11th, which celebrates the service of all U. S. military veterans.

Memorial Day marks the start of summer and many people go camping, have picnics, go hiking, boating or bar-b-que with friends.  It has also become a time where many family members go to cemeteries  to place flowers or visit loved ones that have passed.  The tradition of placing a flag on the gravesite of a Veteran is an activity that takes place in many communities around the country.

Please feel free to use this stock photo from Photos by Carra to share your memorial day thoughts with others.  It will work for the 4th of July as well!

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Have this day become a tradition of acknowledging, honoring and loving those that made a difference in our lives.

Take some time to reflect in the memory of those who made a difference on Memorial Day 2013

 

 

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Pray For Oklahoma

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A tornado of possibly, historic magnitude hit Moore, Oklahoma today.

If you are needing help or want to give help, click on the RED CROSS site set up for Oklahoma.

ABC news  is one of the hundreds of news agencies that have breaking information on what is happening.  They are updating this site on a regular basis.

Many people are waiting to help in any way possible after the devastation of today’s tornado.  The local service agencies are asking people to stay away as the first responders need to get in to help those in the rubble.

The most important thing we can do is PRAY for OKLAHOMA.  

We can also include the world and all the unrest we have going on in so many areas in our thoughts and prayers.  As we process the devastation in natural disasters of this past year  we can come together in individual neighborhoods to really love our neighbors before we are in a crises!

Pray For Oklahoma!

 

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Making A Difference in April!

 

Did you know that April is Child Abuse Awareness Month? 

Did you know that 5 children DIE every single day from child abuse?

Do you know that you can make a difference by reading this post?


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Flagstaff, Arizona Coconino Country Court House is the location of a major statement sharing April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. 

Last Sunday I was out taking photos of Spring in Flagstaff, Arizona and I came across this display in the middle of the city.  The recent events in ConnecticutBoston and West Texas have really put many of us on numb with reference to sharing online.  Upon reflection of the tragedies and how people have rallied to help their neighbors, it seemed like support of projects that are trying to reach out and create awareness need our attention as well.

If one more person becomes aware of the horrible death statistics for children during April that means we have started to become conscious of things around us that might need our help and love.   

It appears that the tragedies we have experienced recently all come back to the perpetrators feeling unloved and ostracized. Maybe we can take that information and reach out to anyone that might be hurting and express love in some way.   This means we need to be aware of those around us and giving a smile, offering a helping hand and showing kindness to those that may seem different is some way.  

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The flags in the lawn commemorate each child that dies last year in Arizona.

What a wake up call to stop and think about what each of us can do to help.  

April 22, 2013 there will be nation wide marches across the country to help raise awareness on child abuse.

To find events in your area and more information on marchig against child abuse click here.  

The field of Hope display was shared and paid for by the Exchange Club of Flagstaff, Arizona.  By making the financial commitment to create this statement they are touching the world.

Please consider sharing something about Child Abuse month with people in your area to make a difference in your community.

 

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Help is needed in Arizona through Prevent Child Abuse Arizona There are things you can do to make a difference.  Children are in need of foster parents, clothing and more.

For National information check out the National Movement for America’s Children.

Colorado is reaching out for awareness through this post.  

Search child abuse awareness in your area and see what you can do to support your community. If the recent events have moved you to think about preventing tragedy before it strikes.. this might be a door to walk into.

We change the world by changing ourselves… it starts with us and and how we are thinking and processing the tragic things that are happening in our world today.

Community actions can make the world a better place and it starts with us.

Let’s  make a difference in April, 2013!  

 

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