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Thanks and Gratitude 2020

As Thanksgiving 2020 arrives in a year where there are some things we are not completely thankful for, I’d like to hear from each of you about the things you are thankful for.

Gratitude is a human emotion that brings people together, provides support for families and communities, and improves our well-being.

Gratitude can be uplifting when it is shared. Would you leave a comment on this post about something you are thankful for?

A show of gratitude from hundreds of you would be amazing.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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  • I’ll begin this thread by expressing my gratitude to each and every one of you, my dedicated readers.

    I have emailed with hundreds of you this year, I’ve talked with dozens of you, I’ve looked at scores of the ideas, news, and photos you have sent me, and I’ve received subscriptions from over 70 of you.

    This all means so very, very much to me.

    The Connection is one of the ways I contribute to this community and I am so so grateful to those of you who find it important.

  • I am personally glad and THANKFUL that I am Still ALIVE and able to do what I love. Living History was in Gettysburg Saturday. Might not have been our normal crowd but the ones that could come or I should say Did Come as they said up yours Sec. of Health. It was a wonderful day seeing old friends. I love Remembrance Day.

  • My husband, Dave Geister, and I are so grateful for the time we spent in Gettysburg in 2019 as the artists-in-residence. Through the generosity of the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation, we lived in the Klingel House and were able to meet so many wonderful residents and visitors. The landscape and history inspired our paintings, poems and songs, and is truly a highlight of our lives!

  • The current season in which we find ourselves living, is humbling and makes me want to give thanks even more for the people in my life. First, I am thankful to God for His mercy. I am also very thankful for my family, friends, and colleagues. Their presence in my life and love is inspiring and means more than I could ever express with words.

  • I am thankful for all the volunteers who manage our polling stations every other year. They show up early and stay late to ensure the most basic right of our democracy is preserved and conducted in a fair and impartial fashion. I am also thankful for those county officials in our county and counties across the country who set aside their personal political ideology to ensure the integrity of our elections. To all of these paid and unpaid people We the People own a tremendous debt of gratitude.

  • I am thankful for this community that donated 2 million dollars to the giving spree event, even when an event couldn’t be held. I am thankful for all the agencies that will benifit from this generosity. I am thankful that many of our churches can be open again and peole can worship in a safe atmosphere with others. I am thankful to God who has given us much to be thankful for.

  • I discovered another thing today that I was thankful for.

    I received this email today from Music Gettysburg! about their virtual concert series.


    I listened to Bach’s Chorale Prelude on “Now Thank We All our God” as played by Gail Archer, who was to have been here in Gettysburg now.

    It is an amazing four-minute piece of pipe organ glory. Thanks to Music Gettysburg!!

  • I am Thankful for how God has been working and revealing himself to me during covid. Giving me the strength to go on, as I won’t deny that it is a struggle and I am frustrated.

  • I’m grateful for all the people who are being so gracious and wearing masks. This has been a difficult year, and though we may have to continue our conscientious demonstration of caring for each other through the middle of next year, we’re more than halfway there. We’ve made it this far, we can see it through! Your smiles will be so welcome and beautiful when we can take masks off and see each other again. For now, I appreciate your hanging in there. You demonstrate to me how caring a person you are and I feel grateful for all those in this community who put their trustworthiness out there for us all to see.
    Thank you! Have a peaceful and loving holiday season!

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