Thanksgiving Antarctica 1973
Growing up in Arizona and living in the desert Thanksgiving was always
sunny and usually warm as well as a little disappointing because of no snow. In
school we would sing, “Over the river and through the
woods to Grandmothers house we would go…through the white and wintery snow.” I
had visions but no real experience. All that change when I joined the Navy and
became a structural steelworker and was assigned to build a station for the
National Science Foundation at the geographic South Pole in October 1973. It
was the summertime in Antarctic and the sun stayed up and would not set March
1974. Although it was the summer the temperatures still were belong zero and
averaged around 45 below zero. We worked two 12 hour shifts 24 hours a day. We
were in a hurry to complete the project before the sun went down. Sundays were
half days so we could attend religious services. We were not going to stop work
for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Then all that changed.
The evening of November 21st there was a big party that
night—because by of a proclamation from President Nixon we were having the
entire Thanksgiving Day off! The guys
were excited. Some of the guys were planning to go over to the Old South Pole
Station club but I was a little tired I thought I would just take it easy.
4255 - Thanksgiving Day, 1973
President of the United States of America
In the first
Thanksgiving, man affirmed his determination to live in God’s grace and to act
in God’s will on the shores of a new land of promise. In this Thanksgiving
season we reaffirm that determination.
Time has not
dimmed, not circumstance diminished the need for God’s hand in all that America
may justly endeavor. In times of trial and of triumph that single truth
reasserts itself, and a people who have never bowed before men go gladly to
their knees in submission to divine power, and in thanks for divine sustenance.
Thanksgiving Day we mark the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of President
John F. Kennedy. As we give thanks for the bounty and goodness of our land,
therefore, let us also pause to reflect on President Kennedy’s contributions to
the life of this Nation we love so dearly.
celebrated the first thanksgiving had endured hardship and loss, but they kept
alive their hope and their faith. Throughout our history, each generation has
endured hardship and loss, but our faith and trust in God’s providence has
remained undiminished. At this first thanksgiving in twelve years in which the
United States will have been at peace, we see that God’s grace also remain
undiminished. For this we give thanks.
Therefore, I, Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States of America, in
accordance with the wish of the Congress as expressed in Section 6103 of Title
5 of the United States Code, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 1973, as
a day of national thanksgiving, and concurrently, a day of prayer for the
memory of John F. Kennedy. Let all Americans unite on this day, giving thanks
for the manifold blessings vouchsafed our people, and inviting all of those
less fortunate than ourselves to share in those blessings in God’s name, for
His sake, and for our own.
Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of November, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred seventy-three, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the one hundred ninety-eight.
Brillo, my best friend, and I decided to use the day off to head on over to the Old South Pole ourselves. It was about a half a mile away, but it took us a lot longer than we thought. It was slow trekking the distance through the loose snow. Along the way, we passed a railroad sign that some humorous people put up out there. When we got there, our intent was to get in the sauna, which was about 200 degrees. We stripped and got in. It was about the first time I had felt warm the whole time I had been there.
While we were in the
sauna, we decided today was the day we were going to join club 250. As soon as we got so warm, we couldn’t stand
it anymore; we jumped out of the sauna with nothing but our boots on and
started running the distance from the sauna; up a 100-foot ramp to the outside
of the station where it was about 50 below zero. Thus, the name, club 250, we went from plus
200 to minus 50 and made a 250-degree temperature change. We ran over to the
international marker for the South Pole with signs to all the different places
and flags from many nations. It was
interesting because even though Brillo was right next to me all I saw was a
cloud because his body was giving off so much steam. When we got to the international marker, we
ran around the pole three times and then headed back to the sauna. I mean think about it we just ran around the
world naked three times. Brillo and I quickly headed back to the sauna as we
were just beginning to lose our steam.
After we had, had a good
warm up, we headed back on up to the international marker this time with our
clothes on, to take pictures. Brillo
mentioned that the other day a guy brought his golf balls and club over here
and putted around the world in two strokes.
Thanksgiving Day is a
celebration of giving thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year. It
is a day of giving thanks to God for his many blessings and expressing our
gratitude to friends and family members. It is celebrated in the United States.
Thanksgiving Day dates back to the Reformation Period and is accompanied by
prayers, special ceremonies, and feasts. Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth
Thursday in November each year.
Thanksgiving Day Facts & Quotes
first Thanksgiving Day feast was held in 1621 between the Plymouth colonists
and the Wampanoag Indians.
1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a
national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
to the US Government Census, in 2014, 242 million turkeys were raised in the
Franklin D. Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as the
official Thanksgiving Day in 1941.
is almost here. It's my favorite holiday, which is surprising since I'm
no fan of giving or saying thanks. - Stephen Colbert
Thanksgiving Day Top Events and
Things to Do
or attend a Parade. The largest are the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in
New York and the McDonalds Thanksgiving parade in Chicago.
lots of traditional Thanksgiving food including turkey, cranberry sauce and
or attend a football game. Besides NFL, there are many college and high
school football games on this day.
running or do some other form of exercise in the morning - so you won't feel so
guilty indulging a grand Thanksgiving meal.
to relatives and friends by phone, email, or internet to remind them how
thankful you are that they are all part of your life.
Thanksgiving: Plimoth Plantation Plymouth,
Plimoth Plantation, it’s always 1627. The living museum and its costumed
“residents” re-create New England’s first successful European settlement as
well as a Native village. Thanksgiving dinner has its roots in a harvest
celebration that 52 Pilgrims shared with 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe in
1621, one year after the settlers sailed from England. It included fowl
(probably ducks and geese rather than turkey), venison, corn, and most likely
fresh and dried fruits and vegetables. Every fall Plimoth Plantation re-creates
a harvest meal from that period as well as serving a classic American
Mass: The Perfect Thanksgiving
Men have not only prayed
in thanksgiving but have offered in thanksgiving: something that was a sign of
themselves, to show they were thankful for life, were sorry for their sins
against the Giver of life, would give their lives in return, if they might, to
the One they owe so much. They made offerings in thanks for the things that
sustain life, for the preservation of life. "Abel also offered of the
firstlings of his flock, and of their fat.”.. "So Noe went out, he
and his sons, his wife and the wives of his sons.... all living things
went out of the ark. And Noe built an altar unto the Lord: and taking of all
cattle and fowl that were dean, offered holocausts upon the
altar.... ." They made bloody offerings, because the offering is a
symbol of the offerer, and blood is the essence of life. Blood is life. There
were other offerings... . . "Melchidesech, the king of
Salem, bringing forth bread and wine, for he was the priest of the most high
God, blessed him and said: Blessed be Abram by the most high God, who created
heaven and earth.”. . . Because bread maintains life, and wine
enhances life. God told them what to sacrifice, and how to sacrifice; but
especially He told them to make the sacrifice of the Pasch, because it was a
memorial to their freedom and their protection, a memorial of thanksgiving to
the God who loved them. ". . . and it shall be a lamb
without blemish, a male, one year. . . and the whole multitude
of the children of Israel shall sacrifice it in the evening.”, "And this
day shall be a memorial unto you: and you shall keep it a feast to the
Lord. . . for with a strong hand the Lord hath brought you out
of this place." He brought them through water, led them by fire, fed them
with manna, and when they sinned against Him, He chastised them and accepted
their sacrifices of expiation. He made it part of their Law, their Covenant,
that they were to offer sacrifice: of reparation, of petition, of praise, of
Then Christ came.
When it was time for the thing to happen for which He came, He said to the Apostles: "This is My body, which is being given for you; do this, in remembrance of Me." And He said: "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which shall be shed for you." This was the new covenant, the new Pasch. . . "in My blood," He said. From that moment on they were to make sacrifice "in My blood." The offering is a symbol of the offerer. Blood is the essence of life. This is our gift to offer: His Body and Blood, every day. Think of all the things the Redemption accomplished, and do not forget this last: to put into our hands the perfect Gift, the pure Victim — "holy and spotless, the holy bread of everlasting life and the chalice of everlasting salvation." With the sacrifice of Holy Mass, Catholics make their thanksgiving.
As an amazing source of B12 and Omega Fatty Acids, turning your nose up at sardines could be preventing you from enjoying a delicious addition to your meal. Sardine Day is your opportunity to learn about these little fish and how you may already have been enjoying them without knowing. Sardines originally got their name from the Mediterranean Island of Sardinia. The English got this term from Grecian history, where the word was used to describe the red color of the fish and the region of the sea where they were popularized. A large number of nutrients found in this fish, combined with the efficacy with which they could be packaged and shipped turned them into an important trade item in the region for centuries.
Sardines are used in many dishes and are closely related to the anchovies that are served with Caesar Salad and as a base flavor in Worcestershire sauce. They’re also one of the main ingredients in “Gentleman’s Relish” a popular sardine-based spread used in England for many dishes, or just served up on buttered bread.
How to celebrate Sardines Day
The best way to celebrate Sardines Day is to attempt to overcome your fear of this delicious fish. They typically come in tins, pickled or packed in oil, or even packed in with mustard to preserve them. Thousands of recipes exist that call for these fish in either their fresh or canned form. A traditional Caesar Salad starts with a sardine being pressed into the wood of the bowl it’s served in to provide a slightly fishy flavor, with those who prefer a stronger flavor having two sardines used.
served as part of a lunch-time snack, often with tomato and fresh avocado on
top of a crisp cracker and a sardine. They’re also commonly added to soups and
sandwiches to bolster their flavor. In fact, if you’ve ever had soup with a
fish-based broth, it is likely the sardine that was used to create the fish
stock. You’ve been enjoying sardines for ages, and Sardines Day is a great
opportunity for you to find out how much you love sardines!
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE
CHAPTER THREE-GOD'S SALVATION: LAW AND GRACE
1949 Called to beatitude but wounded by sin, man stands in need
of salvation from God. Divine help comes to him in Christ through the law that
guides him and the grace that sustains him:
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for
God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
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