“The First National Thanksgiving”

Today’s mail brought a note from another old friend, Eric Sandblade, who wrote “We in York think we created Thanksgiving as evidenced by two enclosed recent newspaper articles.”
I noted the 12/18/1777 event on p. 35 of Thanksgiving: The True Story. For additional information here’s a link to June Lloyd’s article, “First National Thanksgiving Proclaimed in York in 1777. Linkhttp://ydr.inyork.com/ydr/opinion/ci_11053199
Here’s a link to a photograph by Beverly Pfingsten of the historic marker:

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