The Pilgrims Gave Us Immeasurable Reasons To Be Thankful Today

The Pilgrims Gave Us Immeasurable Reasons To Be Thankful Today


Amid all the rancor of 2020, including COVID-19, one of the most contentious presidential elections in history, cities in flames, and chaos and discord everywhere one seems to look, a major anniversary has arrived: the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in America and the signing of the Mayflower Compact, which served as the basis for America’s founding documents and the freedoms we enjoy today.

On Nov. 11, 1620, the Pilgrims and others who came along for the journey arrived on the Massachusetts shore, after sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a leaky and overcrowded ship rife with disease, with the hope of coming to a new world where they could freely practice their faith and rights of conscience.

While the Pilgrims gave us the first Thanksgiving, which we celebrate each year, they provided us an even more important legacy to be memorialized, the Mayflower Compact, which recognized that people derive their right of self-government from God, not man.

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