401 Years ago today, a group of English colonists on the “Margaret” were about a week out from landing at Berkley Hundred. The settlers were sent by the London Company which had sent instructions, to be opened upon reaching Virginia:
We ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.
The London Company’s charter of 1609, also known as the “Second Virginia Charter,” was probably the first document to express that government derives its authority from the consent of the governed.
And these settlers who disembarked from the Margaret held that first Thanksgiving at Berkeley Hundred on December 4, 1619. Two years later, the first harvest festival was held in William Bradford’s Plymouth Plantation; and for the next one-hundred and seventy years, all the way up to George Washington’s First Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, colonists from New Hampshire to Georgia would take some time, officially, every year to:
- Dedicate a day for prayerful fasting and/or feasting in thanks to their Creator for their many Blessings
- Commit to live their lives in a way that was humbly deserving of those blessings.
- Seek forgiveness of the Almighty for their sins, transgressions, and shortcomings in that effort.
That same sentiment has been maintained by 45 Presidents through the entire history of our Republic, and we, here at IndED, hope that you, and your family are able to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, pause, with friends, family, and loved ones…and give thanks…
So with that in mind…and with deepest sympathies for those who are unable to connect with families in person over this holiday week, we want to pause and…
For the opportunity to live in a country where we are free to educate our children as we see fit. That we can all, through our disagreements, seek what is good, right, and just for the commonweal of our communities, country, and world.
Through our programs at IndED, our Blog, and our Network, to focus on helping citizens and families explore, discover, and create things that are beautiful, inspirational, and thought-provoking, so that our next generation can take on the “social duties of self-government” with confidence.
Be bold in our pursuit of sound education, while humbly acknowledging our shortcomings and striving consistently to improve and deliver programs that are wise, wholesome, and true.
We give thanks to our Creator for great students, great parents, great partners, and a wonderful community in which to converse and to do business.
Have a safe, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving!