Parents, please tell your children what may not even be taught at school anymore.
The true story of the first Thanksgiving begins in 1608, when a group of Christians called Separatists, persecuted for forming a church apart from the Church of England, left their homeland to settle in Leyden, Holland. There, they found religious freedom but also poverty, grueling work and a secular culture that threatened to undo the values they had carefully instilled in their children.
After seeking guidance, under the leadership of William Bradford, they sold everything to finance their journey to America. As many of us have learned through our childhood, the Mayflower lost its course, and instead of landing in Virginia, they landed at Cape Cod, Mass. This took the Pilgrims outside the territory covered by the King's Charter; thus they were responsible for their own government. After much prayer, the Pilgrims wrote a set of laws, called The Mayflower Compact, and set off to begin their new life at the place they named Plymouth.