It’s complicated. Thanksgiving is.
While it’s very easy to choose to see Thanksgiving as a huge meal celebrated with family and friends, the first Thanksgiving was not experiences without a lot of pain and tragedy. Not only did the settlers endure hardship, but – of course – so did the Native Americans on whose land they occupied.
Like most history, when we scratch the surface and consider what the event means to those not normally considered, things get complicated quickly. Two events today in Plymouth MA help us understand more about this time, as well as present time.
At 10 a.m., witness a reenactment of the Pilgrims’ march to their original church site followed by a short worship service. ‘Pilgrim Progress’ begins at the Mayflower Society House at the foot of North Street.
12 Noon – National Day of Mourning Ceremony participants will honor Native ancestors and their struggles. Witness or join the ceremony at the Massasoit Statue on Cole’s Hill (Water Street, across the Street from Plymouth Rock).
Much more information on both events (including links to even more), at our events page