Six Days of Thanks and GIVING with HumanX
The reason why humans are thankful is because they have survived many hardships. They have overcome many obstacles and difficulties in their life. Humans have been living together for thousands of years without any major wars or conflicts between them. However, there were some minor problems which caused human’s feelings of gratitude to grow stronger than usual:
1) When man first started using fire, it was very useful tool for cooking food.
This helped people survive harsh conditions where other animals could not live.
2) When man developed agriculture, it allowed people to enjoy better lives and made life easier for everyone.
3) When man invented writing system (written language), it helped people communicate with each other easily.
It also encouraged cooperation among people.
Why is Thanksgiving Day?
Thanksgiving Day is the anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth Colony in 1621. The Pilgrims arrived in New England from Holland, where they had been persecuted by the Dutch government. After being welcomed into the colony, they built a new settlement called Plymouth. The Pilgrim settlers were grateful to God for saving them from persecution in Holland. On November 22nd, 1621, the Pilgrims held a celebration to thank Him for His protection. Later, they invited the Native American tribes (the Wampanoag, the Nauset and the Manomet) to join them in celebrating this special day. For more than 200 years, the Pilgrims continued to celebrate this annual event with a feast. It wasn’t until 1863 that President Lincoln declared it as a federal holiday. In 1939, Congress made Thanksgiving Day a national holiday to be held on the fourth Thursday of November each year.
Why Do We Celebrate Thanks Giving?
The tradition of celebrating the United States’ Thanksgiving holiday dates back centuries, to when the first English settlers arrived from Europe and formed colonies in North America. One of the earliest colonies was Plymouth (present-day Massachusetts), which was founded by the Pilgrim Fathers. The Pilgrims were a religious group who wanted to start a new life free from the harsh rules and strict doctrines of the Church of England. They set sail for America on September 6th, 1620 aboard the Mayflower, and landed at Plymouth Rock on November 11th. The Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving festival a year later (in 1621) with the Native American people who helped them survive and taught them how to grow crops and where to catch fish in the area. It was called a “Thanksgiving” to give thanks to God for saving them from their difficult situation in England and helping them start a new life in the New World.
Thanksgiving is an annual celebration of the harvest and of the preceding year, traditionally held on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It has been a holiday in the United States since 1863, when it was declared by President Lincoln. The holiday generally includes an afternoon Thanksgiving Day Meal, and an accompanying morning worship service.
Thanksgiving is held in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. The holiday is traditionally spent with family and friends, and is also a time for reflection on everything that is enjoyed and appreciated in life. An annual Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in New York City, which features floats and performances from popular musical and sports stars. Many people travel to their hometowns to be with family and friends, or visit other parts of the country they may be less familiar with.
While in the past, many people would go to their local church for a special Thanksgiving Day worship service, this tradition has somewhat declined in recent years, and now many people spend time visiting with friends and family instead.
A large meal is prepared and eaten on Thanksgiving Day. Traditionally, this meal includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes/yams, cranberry sauce, cornbread, and pumpkin pie. Most of these foods (especially the turkey) are a mix of native American and English foods. Since the 1830s, turkey has been served for the traditional Thanksgiving meal in the United States, although this was not always the case.
The English tradition was to serve wildfowl, such as goose or duck.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 as a way of celebrating the colony’s survival of the first difficult years. Each year, the Massachusetts Bay Colony had been suffering through a long and difficult winter. The situation didn’t look good, as the crops hadn’t grown. Many people feared that they wouldn’t have enough to eat over the winter, and death would surely follow if something didn’t change.
The solution came when the settlers decided to prayer and fast for three days. The first day of their fast, what they thought to be the last harvest was gathered and the first Thanksgiving feast was held. Many of the Indians in the area joined them and the feast lasted for three days. After that first year, it became a yearly celebration.
The first official Thanksgiving Proclamation was written and signed by the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, William Bradford. It has been changed over time with each president, but the original text is still very much the same.
About half of all Americans celebrate Thanksgiving in some form or another, but it is not celebrated at all in about half of the country, particularly in the South and New England. It is mostly known as a family holiday and for football.
This year, there is a great deal of joy and contentment in the air. The country has never been more peaceful and happy, the threat of nuclear warfare has passed, and the nation’s leader is being hailed as a hero for his deeds.
You look at yourself in the mirror one last time to make sure everything is in place. You’re wearing your dress uniform, decorated with all of your medals. Most of them are standard awards for service, but there are a few for bravery.
The biggest one is the medal for heroism during the Battle of Moscow, where you risked your life on multiple occasions to save wounded and stranded soldiers, carrying them to safety against all odds. It’s not the only time you’ve risked your life though. There was the time in China when you knowingly entered a village that was thought to be filled with explosives, and the time in Nairobi where you participated in the shootout that resulted in the death of Sabera Ali, the terrorist leader.
You’re heading to Washington D.C to meet with the President, who is likely to tell you that your services are no longer needed. The war against the United Kingdom is finally over after the surrender of the English Government. The Royal Family is in custody and the nation is being broken up into its former colonies.
It will no longer be a monarchy and will instead become a Republic much like America.
Your job has been done. Your duty has been fulfilled. You helped to liberate your country and now you can retire with no regrets.
The thought of retirement is a little strange.
What exactly are you going to do with your time?
You’ve been a soldier for your entire life, it’s all you know. Granted you’ve taken some classes in college to prepare yourself for civilian life, but ultimately you decided that your skills would be best used on the battlefield.
Now you’re retired and you aren’t quite sure what to do with yourself. The only thing you know for certain is that you won’t be moving too far from your home in Salt Lake City, just in case the government has need of you again.
You arrive at the gates of the capitol and show your identification. The guards there tell you that you can enter and directed to the office of the president. You’re a little early for your meeting so you take a seat in the waiting area.
A few minutes pass and an office door opens. You look up and see a man dressed in a nice suit holding a clipboard. He has dark skin, black hair and a thin mustache. He smiles and address you by your rank.
“Good morning, Captain.” He says. “If you would come with me, the president is ready to see you.”
You stand and shake his hand. “Thank you.” You say and follow him down the hall.
He remains silent until you reach the door to the office. At his knock, he opens the door and ushers you in. Then he closes the door and leaves you alone with the president.
You now understand why they call him the Great Emancipator. The man stands to shake your hand. He’s tall and heavily built, but moves with a purpose and grace. His smile reveals that he is missing several teeth, but it only makes him more human.
You know all of this from pictures you’ve seen of course, but there is something different about seeing it in person.
He speaks without any pretense or pompousness. “Good morning, Captain Reynolds. I trust your journey was a pleasant one.”
“Everything has been pleasant since I left Salt Lake, sir.” You say, shaking his hand.
He waves away the distinction. “No titles please. We’re not in the military here. And it’s certainly not as formal as it is at the palace.
You’ve met my secretary Joseph, yes?”
You nod. “Yes, we’ve met. “
“Good, good. We don’t stand on ceremony here. I’m sure you understand. Please, sit.
Make yourself comfortable.”
You sit in the proffered chair while the president takes his seat behind his desk. He studies you for a brief moment and smiles. “I don’t think we’ve ever met, but I know a great deal about you. Your military record is outstanding and your actions in the recent war were nothing short of heroic.
I’m in your debt and all of America is as well. We’ve got you to thank for securing our freedom. I don’t think I’ve ever said that to another person, so it feels strange to say it to you. But there it is.”
“You’re very kind, sir.” You say as the president’s words cause your face to flush. You’ve never been at a loss for words, but you’re definitely at a loss right now.
“I’m not kind, but I do try to be just. Which is why I called you here. I’ve read the reports and there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ve earned a reward. I’d like to offer you a commission in our new American military.
Now before you refuse, consider this. You would be one of the highest ranking officers and your duties overseeing the training of our new soldiers won’t necessarily interfere with your personal life. I’m asking you to help protect your new country.
What do you say? Will you help? Will you help build our army?”
There is really only one appropriate response. “Yes, I’ll help.”
The president smiles and stands, offering you his hand which you shake. “Very good! I knew you would and I’m very pleased that you said yes. We’ll have your new commission drawn up in the next couple of days and send back to you.
Welcome to the future, Captain. It’s good to have you with us.” He says and shakes your hand again. As you turn to leave he calls out to you one last time. “Oh, almost forgot. When you get to your quarters, open the closet. You should find a few officer’s uniforms inside. I’d like you to wear them from now on. I had a tailors craft them to fit your…unique body. Haha. I’ll see you at the dinner tonight. It’ll be just family, so don’t worry about protocol. See you then. Mrs Grant, please show our newest officer to his quarters. Thank you again, Captain.”
The president goes back to his desk and you follow his wife through a large set of double doors and into an elevator. As you glide silently upward she looks at you from the corner of her eye. “So…what do you think?”
This catches you off guard. “
Pardon me, Ma’am?”
She laughs and it’s the most wonderful noise you’ve ever heard. “I guess his offer still stands, but you’re already wearing the uniform. I was talking about my husband of course.
What’s your opinion of him?
I’ve never asked anyone that before either. He can be a little overwhelming I’ll admit. He can also be stubborn, self-righteous, and short-sighted, but he’s the man I chose and I love him. You’re the first person to wear an officer’s uniform since we left Washington. That was his way of honoring you. He may seem a bit disorganized at times, but he has a good heart and only wants what’s best for this nation. He has a vision that wasn’t possible before he freed the slaves and I’m glad to be here to help him make that vision a reality. Welcome to the family.”
You arrive at your quarters to find a soldier waiting outside the door. “If you will give me your weapon I’ll see that it’s properly cleaned and cared for. You can have it back tomorrow. Your new uniforms are inside, including one for your son.
The tailor will be here tomorrow at around this time to measure you for new ones. Mr President wants you to wear a proper uniform from now on. The good thing about that is we have a much better chance of getting you new equipment as well.”
“He’s not my…nevermind. Yes, he is my son.
I’ll see you tomorrow then.” You say holding out your hand. “Thank you for everything.”
“Not at all, Sir. It is an honor to serve with you.
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