Four hundred years ago, a small group of English immigrants that settled near the modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, paused to say thanks for a bountiful harvest, an event now dubbed as the nation’s first Thanksgiving observance.
President George Washington, our nation’s first president during his first year in office in 1789, proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. Two hundred thirty years and 44 presidents later, Thanksgiving remains an annual holiday that some call the start of the holiday season. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt tweaked Washington’s original executive order designating Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November.
We as Americans have much to be thankful for in spite of the divisions that exist within our country along with wars and conflicts in every corner of the globe. America remains the home of the free and the land of the brave where honesty and hard work is rewarded with a quality of life far superior to any other part of the world. And, a recent study confirmed that America ranks number one in the world in monetary contributions to good causes and in volunteering time for causes to assist those less fortunate.
Healthcare never takes a day off. Many employees will spend Thanksgiving providing compassionate care to our patients. We hope your schedule will allow you to spend time with family and friends after you complete your work shift. To show our appreciation, we’d like to offer employees working on Thanksgiving a free meal in the hospital cafeteria.
Also, speaking for the executive team, I would like to be among the first to wish you a happy holiday season and thank you for your hard work in 2019.