Mayflower II

                                    Thankful for the Mayflower Pilgrims

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 When I was nine years old another child asked me what Thanksgiving reminded me of, my reply was, “Pilgrims.” Harriett May’s response was, “No, turkey, you big dumb elephant.” The phrase, “Big dumb elephant” has become an inside family moniker.

Pilgrims remain an important link to Thanksgiving in my mind. Visiting the Mayflower replica Mayflower II and Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts gave me a deeper understanding of  who these people were, what they left behind in Europe and their grit and determination in establishing a new life in North America.

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