On This Thanksgiving Day Remember Our Oldest Tradition

This year’s Thanksgiving will be extra special and meaningful to me. During the summer, I finally made it to the Plymouth Harbor and saw the site where in 1620, the Mayflower landed with her first 102 passengers, then America’s newest immigrants. Because of the trip, I now have a deeper understanding and appreciation of our early American pioneers, the hardships they endured,

and the profound meaning of celebrating Thanksgiving.

Four hundred years ago, America didn’t have any guarded border with customs checkpoints. When the new immigrants arrived, they carried no passports and visas, but their hopes and determination to find a better life. Now only a rock, the famous “Plymouth Rock” engraved with “1620,” is still there to give us the testimony of these brave people stepping ashore into the unknown and starting their new lives.

Standing at the harbor, I imagined how the Mayflower’s passengers, young and old, men and women, spent their first night in the wild without a roof over their heads. They most probably had to search for firewood before they could cook themselves a hot meal. For them, America was wild, unfathomable, and full of uncertainty. And yet, they bet everything they had to go across the ocean and begin a new life.

Since then and for the past four centuries, a steady flow of hope-seekers has streamed from all corners of the Earth to reach America, now a well-developed country and the envy of the world. These people may find newer ways to get here, but their hope and determination remains the same: To find a better life.

Reflections From the East Column

By Qin Stubis

You can always reach me at qstubis@gmail.com, and please visit me at www.qinsunstubis.com

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