Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving From All Of Us At HORAN

Below are excerpted comments from our firm's CEO, Terry Horan, that was sent via email to employees this morning and I want to share it with our readers, many who are clients.

"Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. Have a great time and enjoy the time together with family and friends..."

"There was a bit of a discussion in the office about the timing of Thanksgiving. Of course, the Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the holiday as a way of giving thanks for surviving their first year in America. They were aided by an Indian tribe who taught them to plant and harvest food. In thanks, the Pilgrims invited their Indian friends to the first Thanksgiving celebration. It lasted three days."

"While many states and cities celebrated a Thanksgiving, it did not become an official holiday until Abraham Lincoln declared it so at the height of the Civil War in 1863. He asked the nation to pray for those who lost loved ones in the war. Lincoln decreed that Thanksgiving should be celebrated on the last Thursday of November. However, Franklin Roosevelt moved the holiday to the third Thursday of the month of November in order to spur retail sales during Christmas. This move was met with massive opposition and some derided the day by calling it "Franksgiving." Personally, I think he was the inventor of the first "black Friday." It was changed to the current date two years later and has stayed that way ever since."

"The concept of pardoning Turkeys by the President is rather recent. President Obama pardoned Mac and Cheese, two Ohio turkeys, yesterday. The first President to officially pardon turkeys was George H. W. Bush (41). Turkeys had been pardoned by previous Presidents, specifically Kennedy and Reagan, but it was not a regular part of the holiday."

"Enjoy the day, give thanks for this very unique American holiday and thank you [to all our clients and friends for allowing us to assist you in meeting your Health, Wealth and Life needs.]"

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