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An annual tradition, Illuminate Thanksgiving 2020 will be held as a televised special on NBC 10 Boston (regular broadcast TV), Plymouth 400’s Lead Media Sponsor. The time of the broadcast is still to be determined, and we will include an update on this page. The first half of the hour-long broadcast will tell the story of Plymouth 400 and the legacies of the 400th anniversary through projects, collaborations, and events. The second half of the program will focus on the signature event, Illuminate virtual event, the One Small Candle Award, and other details that are still being finalized. Past recipients of the award will be featured along with new recipients this year.
Introduced in 2014, in partnership with Mayflower 400 in Plymouth, England, Illuminate Thanksgiving was created to inspire gratitude and giving as expressed in the tagline “Give Thanks, Give Back”. The youth-oriented programming is designed to create an inspirational atmosphere and to stimulate gratitude and giving in communities, groups, and families. Based upon Governor William Bradford’s quote:
“…as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone to many…”
the One Small Candle Award is given to an individual who has made a difference in many lives at a young age.