When Samuel Adams announced his Thanksgiving proclamation on Nov. 1, 1777, he set aside a day in December "for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor."
Today, we gather with family and friends on the fourth Thursday of each November to remember our forefathers and give thanks for all the things that bring joy to our lives. We asked Daily Star readers to share with us some of the things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving season. Here are their responses:
We thank God for our love of faith, strength, hope and peace in these trying times. To Drs. Brastis, Birgir and Churchill at Bassett and Dr. Brady at Albany Med, Dr. Wiesner and the girls at FoxCare for being big on kindness and care, my best friends, Mindy, Shirley, Gina, Debbie and Jerry, my wonderful aide Kristy, Bishop Frank and Father Dante, parishioners at Holy Innocent's Apostolic Church, thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
_ Joanann, Paul and ErinMarie Omelia of Oneonta
We are thankful this year for our newest addition to the family, Makayla Marie. Our family is now complete. We have two wonderful sons and now a beautiful baby girl. We are also thankful for our family, for all the support they have given us, and most of all, God, for all he has blessed us with.
_ Melissa and Nathan
Bevins of Oneonta
I am thankful for where I work, The Arc of Delaware County. We help those with disabilities learn and grow from childhood to senior citizens. We help them with caring relationships and follow a set of unifying principles to help those we serve lead a life they truly deserve. I am not only thankful, but dedicated and proud to work at The Arc of Delaware County. That means more to me than a turkey dinner!
_ Arlene Goedel of Delhi
This season, like no other, evokes thankfulness for family, friends and cherished memories: the sunshine side of life. But, as I age, I find that I am thankful for the shadow things as well: the spiteful co-worker, the nasty cashier, the bitter and ungrateful people.
Why should one be thankful for these? Because events and people who test us are where the real lessons of life lie and where the real journey of thankfulness begins.
_ Marilou Trask-Curtin of Oneonta
I like to go to school, that makes me thankful. I like it when people hug me. I am thankful for my new zipline. I am thankful for God and trees and bees.
_ Miranda Carrabba of Laurens
I am thankful for my cats. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my Halloween costume and I am thankful for my teacher, Ms. Rohloff.
_ Renate Carrabba of
I am thankful for the trees and the bees and my healthy knees.
I am thankful for the sun and the fun and seeing my husband run.
I am thankful for my old house, the absence of louse, and my beautiful spouse.
I am thankful for my family and my friends and a love that never ends.
I am thankful for my kids, my kids, my wonderful, fabulous kids.
_ Samantha Carrabba of Laurens
I'm thankful to live in a lovely li'l city like Oneonta, where all the nice people act like Americans!
_ Agnes C. Gerard of Oneonta
I am thankful for my children, Gabby, Jessi, Bryan, Billy and Melissa, and my granddaughter, Hailey. They are the best kids a mother could ever have and be proud of. I love you guys.
_ Sandra Bedard of Franklin
I am most thankful for my husband, my soul mate and my hero; my chosen family and friends; my mom and dad for giving me life and working hard to provide for the family; my Gretal for all she was and still is to me; my nephew Brian and all those serving in this awful war; the good Lord for each day of blessings; and to have been loved and to able to love back.
_ Lisa P. Key of
The things I am thankful for are to be living in America, my friends, my faith, a caring church family, my old dog, a doctor who has helped me overcome a lot of problems related to diabetes and arthritis, my home where I've lived more than 65 years and my God who comforts and blesses me. I am also thankful to help and cheer others in little ways.
_ Lena Hunt of Oneonta
I am thankful for my fiance, my two dogs, the health and well-being of my family members. I'm thankful that my grandfather was placed in a nursing home where he can get 24-hour care he needs. I'm thankful I have a good job that I like. I'm thankful for my friends who have stuck with me and remain by my side to this day. I'm just thankful for having this day of my life.
_ Amber Griffin of Milford
I am thankful that those who pray with our Lord, Jesus Christ, have what is necessary in this complicated, beautiful world. Faith plus nothing.
_ Elsa W. Petri of Oneonta
I am very thankful for my children, Kayla, Ryne and Chyrlanne; my new daughter, Allison; and my stepchildren, Danielle and Isabella. I am thankful for my family being in good health. I love you all very much.
_ Tina Rivino of Oneonta
I have so much to be thankful for. Everyone in my family is in good health, and my mom just quit smoking. I'm really thankful for my boyfriend, Mike. I have a great job at Springbrook and feel good about what I do. Although it can be very stressful, I love knowing I'm making a difference in our participants' lives. I have great co-workers and a great boss. I couldn't ask for anything more.
_ Michele Pinney of Oneonta
I give thanks for this year because ...
My son is starting a new school.
My store is relocated.
My cancer surgery is very successful.
I lost many things, but I found more than I lost.
I know what pain is. I know what it feels like to be lost. I know what it feels like to be found.
I give thanks for everything, my Lord and my prayers.
_ Yon "Sarah" Sun Yi of Oneonta
I'm grateful because God is our perpetual sacrifice for the sins of this world; for my great faith in Jesus Christ, who is my eternal salvation; for the gifts he has blessed me with. I'm thankful for my capacity to think the same being of one clear mind with the spirit of Jesus Christ, and to perceive what is of him and not of him. And I am grateful for my embrace of God's word.
_ Stephanie Zito of Harpersfield
I am thankful for people who believe Earth needs to be protected and work to preserve it.
I am thankful for people who believe in peace and reason, live reasonably, and work in peace.
I am thankful for people who believe in the U.S. constitution and defend it against those who would undermine its principles.
I am thankful to have lived to vote in one of the memorable elections in U.S. history.
_ William F. Roberts of Otego
I am so thankful for my five wonderful kids, my eight beautiful grandkids and the wonderful man in my life that I love. I am blessed every morning when I open my eyes and know that I have another beautiful day to look forward to. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my old friends in the Oneonta/Sidney area.
_ Dottie Kinch
Georgia of Palm City, Fla.