The History of Thanksgiving: A Security Perspective


People in the United States honor the time-tested tradition of Thanksgiving, expressing gratitude for the blessings of the harvest and the preceding year. We know that the Plymouth colonists from England and the Native American Wampanoag people traced the origins of this holiday back to 1621 when they shared an autumn harvest feast. Many recognize this event as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. However, it was not until 1863, amid the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln declared a national Thanksgiving Day to take place each November.

The Role of Security in Thanksgiving

As we gather to celebrate this historic tradition, let’s not forget that security plays a crucial role in ensuring a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving.

As the leaves turn and the air cools, Thanksgiving approaches, a time of gratitude and family gatherings. However, ensuring safety during this festive season is paramount. Many families take active measures, such as installing security systems and locking doors. On the other hand, they also implement passive measures. For instance, they often store valuable items out of sight to deter potential thieves.

Furthermore, many communities increase their neighborhood watch activities during this time. Consequently, while Thanksgiving is a time of joy and thankfulness, it is also a time when security measures, both active and passive, are heightened to ensure a safe and peaceful celebration. This is where American Global Security (AGS) steps in. AGS, a full-service security guard company, provides services through uniformed armed and unarmed security officers for residential, retail, industrial, and commercial properties. AGS ensures that their guards pass a rigorous screening process, background checks, and drug testing, and receive comprehensive training.


Reflecting on Thanksgiving’s history, it’s clear that security has always been a key concern. From the time of the Plymouth colonists to the present day, safety has been a top priority. In the same vein, companies like American Global Security continue this tradition, providing essential services for worry-free celebrations.

As we look forward to this year’s Thanksgiving, we can’t help but appreciate the peace and security we enjoy. The dedicated work of security professionals makes this possible. On behalf of American Global Security, we wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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