THANKSGIVING FOR A STRONG AMERICA
A historical moment to ponder: a message to Americans on Thanksgiving Day 1944, from Winston Churchill, meant for the “bold, the loyal, the warm-hearted,” and those “in bivouacs and dugouts, on battlefields, on the high seas and in the highest air.” The prime minister made his remarks during a Thanksgiving dinner at Royal Albert Hall in London on Nov. 23, 1944.
“Always, this annual festival has been dear to the hearts of the American people. Always it has been that desire for Thanksgiving — and never I think, has there been more justification, more compulsive need for it, than now. It is your day of Thanksgiving,” Churchill said.
“When we feel the truth of the facts which are before us — that in three or four years the peaceful, peace-loving people of the United States, with all the variety and freedom of their life — in such contrast to the iron discipline which has governed many other communities,” Churchill began, then paused.
“When we see that in three or four years, the United States has in sober fact become the greatest military naval and air power in the world, that, I say to you, in this time of the world, is in itself, a subject for profound thanksgiving,” Churchill concluded, to thunderous applause. home-style potatoes, cranberries, cherry-blueberry cobbler and the best view from any Thanksgiving table.”
At Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth, Mass: a 17th-century harvest dinner: “Cheate bread, sweet butter, sallet of herb, mussels seeth’d with parsley and beer, dish of turkey, sauc’d; pottage of cabbage, leeks and onions; sweet pudding of native corn, stewed pompion, chine of pork, roast’d; fricassee of fish, cheesecake with spice and dried fruit, charger of Holland cheese and fruit, ciderkin.” Incidentally, “cheate” is wheat, “pompion” is pumpkin and “chine” is a pork butt cut.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a Thanksgiving message for “the bold, the loyal, the warm-hearted” Americans on Nov. 23, 1944.