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York unveils refurbished “First National Thanksgiving” sign

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YORK, PA. -- Cheers and applause erupted as York City officials unveiled the refurbished "First National Thanksgiving" sign on Tuesday.

An anonymous donor had the sign on East Market Street removed, sanded and repainted.  It was then reinstalled at the same location.

"I believe Thanksgiving is very significant for the American family," Susan Byrnes, president of the York County Commissioners said. "It's one of the few holidays there is no no gifts. It's a time to travel to be together with your family, and give thanks for the blessings and individuals and families have."

As the sign states, the First National Thanksgiving was proclaimed from York, by Congress, on November 1st, 1777.