By Billy Ray McKelvy

This week is Thanksgiving, a time when Americans are reminded to be grateful for their many blessings.

Sanitation routes in the City of De Queen will be one or two days early this week, depending on your regular day. Monday and Tuesday trash routes will not be changed. But Thursday and Friday routes will both be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Please remind your friends and neighbors to have trash put out early this week.

The Code RED notification system should be sending a phone, text or e-mail reminder Monday evening, if you have signed up for that system. If you would like to receive reminders in the future, sign up for Code RED at either the City of De Queen or Sevier County website.

Here a few fun facts about Thanksgiving, courtesy of the U.S. Census bureau.

The first Thanksgiving was in the fall of 1621 when pilgrims in Plymouth Colony held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest.

The Wampanoag American Indian tribe attended the first Thanksgiving. The 2010 census counted 6,500 members of the Wampanoag tribe, half of whom live in Massachusetts.

Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 and established it as the last Thursday in November.

President Franklin Roosevelt moved the holiday to the fourth Thursday of the month, rather than the last, to encourage earlier holiday shopping.

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