Lead: For generations the annual celebration of the Thanksgiving was assumed by most to have originated at the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. The reality is a bit more complex.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In his 1963 Thanksgiving proclamation, President John F. Kennedy reminded the nation that “our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts…far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of Thanksgiving.” If they heard about it, most Americans, indeed most Virginians, had no idea what he was talking about.

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