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Happy Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving, let us remember the Native Americans who heroically fought for the cause of freedom. Happy Thanksgiving to all friends and global family. —Susan and Ambassador Mo


First American THANKSGIVING was in 1621. Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to share an abundance of crop and peaceful prosperity. But Thanksgiving had its roots long before in many pre-historic cultures from Africa, Middle East, to Asia. Typically, it was a time to give thanks in prayer to the gods, or higher being. In Africa, it was after a successful harvest at the end of the rainy season.

In America, we have traditions: Turkey with all the trimmings for the non-vegetarian, numerous vegetables, sweet delectables in the form of pumpkin pie, apple pie — College Football Games, Macy’s Day Parade — all celebrated around a meal with family and friends and probably over-indulgence.

The CORNUCOPIA, meaning “Horn of Plenty”, is pictured on many greeting cards, but it is rooted in classical antiquity. It symbolizes abundance and nourishment. Ironically, the horn of plenty is not symbolic of today’s Horn of Africa and the current economic state of many parts of the world, including here in America.

The United Nations reports food shortages that killed tens of thousands of people in Somalia and brought more than 3.2 million others to the brink of starvation. A severe drought exacerbated the effects of conflict, food shortages, and internally displaced persons fleeing the area. United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reports failed harvests and food insecurity.

ONE BILLION PEOPLE GO TO BED HUNGRY EACH NIGHT around the World. However, hunger has no borders. Look at the soup kitchens right here in the United States, the land of plenty.  Today is a day to give thanks and share a meal with family and friends and remember to give to those less fortunate.

We wish you and your families a “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” from a HORN OF PLENTY — Peace, Security, Food of the Soul and Stomach.

Susan and Ambassador Mo Sacirbey

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