On Thursday evening, the Miami University, John E. Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) in Differdange, celebrated Thanksgiving with a group of around 120 people, including around 80 students, lecturers and alumni.
After a themed quiz, composed mainly of questions related to the history of Thanksgiving, Dean Thierry Laterre opened the Thanksgiving Dinner. He explained that Thanksgiving is a truly American celebration, and recollected his first Thanksgiving held in an old house in Connecticut, discovering delicacies such as cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and pecan pie.
He thanked the MUDEC faculty and their family and guests in attendance, other students and teachers who could not attend, members of the MUDEC Alumni association, members of the University of Luxembourg, and other invited guests present.
He shared his thankfulness especially with Carli Williams, Coordinator of Communications & Student Engagement at MUDEC, whom he has got to know over the last six years and who is leaving MUDEC at the end of the year.
Beth Pfohl, Chair of Student Faculty Membership, delivered the Thanksgiving Address. She told the story of the first Thanksgiving with different people coming together, in 1621, with around 90 native Americans together with the pilgrims who had arrived and wanted to show and share their gratitude.
She referenced the famous giant Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, the and recollected sharing family Thanksgiving and working together, followed by the college football game on television.
Everyone then tucked into their Thanksgiving dinner, turkey with corn-on-the-cob, mashed potato, cranberry sauce and gravy, served with corn bread, followed by traditional pumpkin pie.