Thanksgiving Timeline, 1541 - 2001
  Thanksgiving Day, 1942

London's Westminster Abbey held its first secular service in nine centuries when it hosted a Thanksgiving event for U.S. troops stationed in England. More than 3,500 people filled the church for a program featuring patriotic songs such as "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful."

The U.S. officially entered the conflict December 8, 1941--one day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Food rations, troop deployments, and fierce battles dampened many holiday celebrations until the end of the war in August 1945.

Frontal View of Cathedral with Twin Towers and the Plaza in Front of it
Westminster Abbey in London, England.
 
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