Happy Thanksgiving from the Center for Civic Engagement!
Here are some facts about the first Thanksgiving:
Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving
- The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
- The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.
- They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of ‘Mayflower’.
- They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
- The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
- The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
- Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table.
- Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
- The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.
Today, November 22nd, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.
What happened that night?
On November 21, 1963, President Kennedy flew to Dallas, Texas for a campaign appearance. The next day, November 22, Kennedy, along with his wife and Texas governor John Connally, rode through cheering crowds in downtown Dallas in a Lincoln Continental convertible. From an upstairs window of the Texas School Book Depository building, a 24-year-old warehouse worker named Lee Harvey Oswald, a former Marine with Soviet sympathies, fired upon the car, hitting the president twice. Kennedy died at Parkland Memorial Hospital shortly thereafter, at the age of 46.
Famous Quotes by JFK:
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”
” As we express our gratitude,w e must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them”
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable”
“Things do not happen. Thanks are made to happen”
“If not not us, who? If not now, when?”
Happy Veterans Day!
Don’t forget to take time out of your day and thank a Veteran for your Freedom!
In honor of this day here are a few facts you may not know:
1) Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was celebrated on Nov. 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the end of the fighting of World War I.
2) Although first observed in 1919, Congress did not make it official until 1938. IN 1954, the name changed to Veterans Day. In the 1970s the date moved around in November, causing confusion, and President Gerald Ford in 1975 signed a law placing the observance on Nov. 11 and there it has remained.
3) Whats the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans day you may ask: Memorial Day, celebrated in May, honors those who lost their lives in service to our country, and Veterans Day, celebrated in November, honors all who have served and focusing on thanking living service members, past and present.
4) Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Coca-Cola has said it will cut off suppliers that do not follow guidelines to protect the land rights of local communities in developing countries.
Did you know?
With Veterans Day around the corner here are some fun facts for you guys.
Did you know that :
- Elvis Presley
- Alan Alda
- Julia child
- MC Hammer
- Mel Brooks
- Drew Carey
- Steve McQueen
- Bill Cosby
- And many many more are all Vets
Did you miss out on our Day of Dialogue’s discussion on NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims between Dr.Hussein Rashid and New York State Sen. Kevin Parker ? Fear not, you can read all about it in the Long Island Press’ article !
Tomorrows the day, Tomorrows the day we’ve all been waiting for- our Annual Day of Dialogue series.
We started asking around and wanted to know what people were most looking forward to attending. Here are what some people said :
“ I’m looking forward to Voting Rights Under Attack? Threats and Opportunities in light of the relatively recent gutting of the Voting Rights Act. The panel will apparently look at local issues as well, which makes it even more relevant. “
“They call me Q!
Award winning performance artist Qurrat Ann Kadwani: one woman features 13 characters speaking about issues of culture, identity, bullying, friendship, and self-love.”
- Christian M.
“I’m most excited to participate in the discussion about what the death of Hugo Chavez means for South American policy. “
- Charlotte G.
“I am looking forward to “Voting Rights Under Attack? Threats and Opportunities.” Because it is not a major election year, voting rights might not be on most people’s radar, but since the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act this summer, state legislators have been quietly passing new voting restrictions, so people need to be on the alert. Additionally, there are voting rights issues locally, which many people might not be as attune to so this is an important event to understand your rights and the national context.”
- Megan T.