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Va historic marker notes 1st English Thanksgiving

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 3:40am  ET

CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is unveiling a state historical marker commemorating the first English Thanksgiving in Virginia.

Officials say Gov. Bob McDonnell is scheduled to speak at the dedication ceremony on Friday along Route 5 near the Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County.

The marker recalls that on Dec. 4, 1619, Capt. John Woodlief arrived in Virginia. The member of the Virginia Company and former Jamestown settler carried instructions that said the day of his ship's arrival "be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to almighty God." The marker notes that this became the basis for what became an annual tradition.

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