While you gather with family and friends, eat, watch the game- consider this- The first thanksgiving in America did not involve Pilgrims, Plymouth, or New England. It took place in Charles City County, VIRGINIA, at Berkeley Plantation. December 4th, 1619. On safely arriving in Virginia, the leader of the new colony ordered a day of prayer and thanksgiving for their safe arrival. Not a year later, but on arrival. On the banks of the James River. This was formally recognized by President John Kennedy in the 1960s. This was 2 years prior to the settlers in Plymouth Colony. Berkeley was also the home of two US Presidents, and the site where the bugle call "Taps" was created. As you gather with friends and family this year, spare a minute for the memory of people that were facing an immense task- settling an entire country- but took the time to say thanks. Y'all have a good day- and thanks.