Four hundred years ago, just across the sea, something was stirring in the hearts of a handful of men and women which would permanently mark history. Though they were not the noble or noteworthy of English society, this small band found the courage to stand for what they felt was right in the face of great odds. History tells the rest of the story. Names such as Bradford, Winslow, and Carver have become famous in America. But few realize what these men actually stood for, and even died for. However, it is these very values which they held so dear that makes the celebration of thanksgiving more than just a day of sports and eating lots of food. For that first harvest celebration filled with thanksgiving was more of a victory celebration than just an acknowledgment of the blessing of abundant food they had received from the Creator. It was a victory celebration, not because everything had gone so well for them that year, but on the contrary, they had endured hardship after hardship. They could have rather "cursed God and died," accusing Him of being unjust to them.