On this day, we, as ModernJeepers, as Americans, as lovers of freedom and believers in God celebrate Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is an American Holiday, but not just an American tradition. There are countries around the world that have their own form of Thanksgiving, though none of them probably call it lovingly Turkey Day.
But what is Thanksgiving? Why do we celebrate it?
Many pundits and academics smarter then this author have debated the True Story of Thanksgiving… whether it is Rush Limbaugh’s version or the more academic American Experience episode on PBS… Thanksgiving is more then the basic story we are told in grade school.
I like to refer to the first Thanksgiving proclamation that George Washington, our first president, put forth when he expressed gratitude to God “for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge.” [read full text here]
Thanksgiving has evolved over the centuries to be a day of tradition, family, and conversations to be avoided.
For many ModernJeepers, Thanksgiving has become an opportunity to go out for one last wheeling trip of the year. Many in Southern California, for example, do large community trips to places like Johnson Valley, with companies like GenRight and Savvy setting up Thanksgiving compounds for the weekend.
No matter what your plans are this Thanksgiving weekend, we wanted to take a moment and personally express our thanks to each of you for your support of the ModernJeeper brand including this website, the ModernJeeper Forum and ModernJeeper Adventures.