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Many Americans think of Thanksgiving as a wonderful time to celebrate getting out of school for a long weekend, and eating a great dinner. Or, maybe they think it is the start of the Christmas holiday season. What is the real meaning behind Thanksgiving?

Catherine Millard writes: We can trace this historic American Christian tradition to the year 1623. After the harvest crops were gathered in November 1623, Governor William Bradford of the 1620 Pilgrim Colony, “Plymouth Plantation” in Plymouth, Massachusetts proclaimed: "All ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the Meeting House, on the hill… there to listen to the pastor, and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings."

November 12, 2013

(West Salem, WI) - The 2013 short track racing season in the upper Midwest is now officially in the record books. What does that mean to the short track racer? That answer is: "start thinking about next season," of course.

The first activities of the 2014 short track season will kick off at the Midwest Racers' Expo, on January 3rd & 4th. The event will take place at a new location this winter. Janesville, Wisconsin will be this year's host city, with the event taking place at a former Menards Store. The two day event will commence Friday, January 3rd at 3:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, January 4th at 8:00 a.m.

Today is "VETERAN'S DAY. The day set aside each year to honor our United States Veterans. They selflessly give thier all to serve and protect our great country of the United States of America. Each veteran has a story to tell, ask them thiers. Here is a portion of mine as told at a Veteran's Day assembly at the Deerfield High School a few years ago.

My name is Doug Strasburg. I was born in Watertown on April 1st, 1947 and raised in Lake Mills until my junior year of high school when we moved to Rhinelander where I graduated in 1965. I joined the United States Army on January 30, 1966 and was honorably discharged from active duty on February 4, 1969. I received basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and advanced training on heavy equipment operation and maintenance at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. I was trained to operate graders, bulldozers, articulating bucket loaders and such. We learned how to build bridges and roads.

In March of 1967 I boarded the General Nelson M. Walker troop ship docked in San Francisco Bay bound for Viet Nam along with a few thousand others. While crossing the Pacific Ocean from east to west, you cross the International Date Line and loose a day. I went to bed on March 31st and woke the next morning on April 2nd. Remember my birthday? ……….April 1st……. I missed my 20th birthday. It gets even more interesting. During WWII, my father was shipped to the Philippine Islands, crossed the International Date Line ……you guessed it, on his birthday and lost a birthday. I can’t imagine the odds of that happening.

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