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Keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive
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Tomorrow, most of us will gather with family and friends around tables laden with turkey and all the trimmings of a Thanksgiving feast.It's an American tradition: As school children, we all learned the Pilgrims gathered with Native Americans for the first Thanksgiving to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest. Our forefathers continued to designate days of giving thanks throughout the American colonies and individual states over the next 200-plus years. But it wasn't until the United States was in its darkest hour - during the Civil War that threatened to literally rip our nation apart - that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.