Melania and I would like to wish you a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving.
Nearly 400 years ago, the pilgrims gathered with native Americans to give thanks to their first harvest.
Just over a year before in September of 1620, the pilgrims set sail in the Mayflower to settle in a New Land, where they could live and worship freely.
They came to this continent with few resources, but rich in faith, courage, and dreams.
They endured a treacherous voyage across the ocean, and long days inside the ship's cabin as storms raged wild.
Then when the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, their first act was to pray.
Soon, they persevered through the months of bitter winter with the help of Squanto and the Wampanoag tribe,
they survived and began to build a new home for their families.
On their first Thanksgiving, they came together to rejoice after their harvest and praise God for his provision.
Since then, Americans have always remembered the blessings of freedom and the glory of God.