‘Here is a stone which the feet of a few outcasts pressed for an instant, and this stone becomes famous; it is treasured by a great nation.’
Of the two communities that confronted each other 400 years ago in New England, it may now be the Indians who most resemble today’s Americans.
The losses we have experienced because of COVID-19 help us better understand the Pilgrims. Their courage and faith to give thanks despite their hardships can encourage us to give thanks in 2020.
Through America’s first century, the heritage of the Mayflower was notably strong in John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Charles Francis Adams, and Henry Adams.
“Alongside the Patriots of 1776, the Pilgrims of 1620 deserve the honor of American founders,” said Sen. Tom Cotton on the Senate floor.
While the Pilgrims gave us the first Thanksgiving, which we celebrate each year, they provided us with an even more important legacy to be celebrated, the Mayflower Compact.
The Mayflower Compact serves as a model for all that was to come: free people uniting under God, creating institutions by which they would rule themselves.
Plymouth Rock was vandalized with red spray paint in the lead up to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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