A column about history, culture, policy, and things in between.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Twentieth Annual Brookfield Central High School Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens.
The Student Council gets the credit for underwriting the cost and staffing the event. The planning was handled by Shirley Smanski and Su Edington, with assistance from Principal Don LaBonte, and Associate Principals Natalie Collins and Jim Darin. Students staffed the parking lot to assist residents who needed it, and to ensure they were comfortably and swiftly seated. They also waited in attendance on them, bringing them coffee, water, dessert, or anything else they might have desired. It was clear that both youth and seniors enjoyed each other's company.
The French Revolution occurred in 1789, but remains one of the most profoundly impactful events of the last one-thousand years. Forged from that crucible of upheaval and social strife, Napoleon was the political child of that event, and more than any one individual, wrote the history of the 19th Century. All of history's immortal commanders have been men of genius, and he was no exception. His audacious strategies, brilliant combinations, and on field leadership make his campaigns the object of study in military academies to this day.
The Holiday we know as Thanksgiving has two foundations in our nation's history.
The first lies in the autumn of 1621. The people we know as the Pilgrims gathered to give thanks for having survived their first winter in North America, and for the liberties they enjoyed upon coming to this continent.