November 9, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, November 25th

 We wanted to stop a moment and just say “Thank You”.  We are so grateful and appreciative to those individuals who have stayed with us “just once” and to the families who continue to come after three generations.

 We are grateful to be located in the beautiful southern Utah area and the many wonderful persons who have worked at the Best Western Coral Hills over the years.  We feel a deep gratitude to God for the successes we have enjoyed; and we feel fortunate to have such outstanding and involved owners who genuinely care about their employees and their families.   THANK YOU!!

Below is the beginning history of Thanksgiving.  At the end is a link to the remainder of the history

Thanksgiving at Plymouth

In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving

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