Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It’s also the 55th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. There are still documentaries on TV about that day in Dallas and who may have been behind the killing. I guess we’ll never really know unless we find out the once and for all, irrefutable truth that either Oswald was acting alone or if there was a conspiracy. But back to Thanksgiving, here in Canada we celebrate it on the second Monday in October to give thanks for a successful harvest. Actually, we have Thanksgiving Day no matter how successful or unsuccessful the year’s harvest. We used to hold it in November, between 1839 and 1931. After the Great War, Thanksgiving and Armistice Day were held on the same day until Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day and the two days were split. In 1957 Parliament declared Thanksgiving would fall on the second Monday in October. That’s also Columbus Day south of the border to celebrate the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. American Thanksgiving is on the 4th Thursday in November to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims in the New World. Now I know this has been a whole lot of information so I’ll leave us with an old saying, “April showers bring May flowers”. And what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!
That’s Coffeetalk. I’m Vic Dubois.