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Light a Flame of Thanksgiving (1977)

Liz Wally

Sound | 1977

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  •  Samuel Adams writes letters proclaiming Thanksgiving to James Warren 
  •  Continental Congress declares the first national day of Thanksgiving 
  •  President Lincoln proclaims the first national Thanksgiving Day in 48 years 
  •  Governors issue Thanksgiving proclamations on the holiday’s 200th anniversary  
  •  Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas. Dedicated in 1976, the complex includes a landscaped garden, sections of the underground Dallas Pedestrian Network, and the Bullington Truck Terminal.  
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This short documentary, made by the National Thanksgiving Commission, focuses on the creation of Thanksgiving and its long history within the United States. The narrator emphasizes a gratitude for life as the core of the national holiday and urges viewers to “light a flame for Thanksgiving.” He then describes the birth of Thanksgiving with images of early America. He notes the centuries-long tradition of Thanksgiving as a federal holiday, beginning during the Revolutionary War and continuing to this day. The film ends with a further reminder to embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving.