TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The tradition has lasted for over four decades and brings citizens together from all parts of the city.
"Today I'm particularly thankful for the people of goodwill who are willing to come together," said the Mayor.
Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed, Jr. kicked off this year's festivities at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
The community thanksgiving service, long a tradition in Tupelo, was underway.
The City has sponsored this community thanksgiving event for many years now.
This year's theme focused on the Tupelo Police Athletic League.
Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton spoke to the audience about the Leagues value to the community and its history.
Also featured, were two young men who are benefactors of the league's programs.
"Its a wonderful place to be on afternoons ands after school," said Eric Guyton, a participant.
"We play basketball, we study a lot ,do homework and things like that. Its more stuff about school," said another participant in the Tupelo Athletic League, Caleb Hodges.
Tupelo Police Sergeant Michael Russell heads up the League.
"These are two of our travel basketball participants,Eric Guyton and Caleb Hodges. And the work that they said, they prove that we are doing the right thing, we're doing our job," said Russell.
The program also included an offering the monies raised to go to the Tupelo Salvation Army.
These celebrations have become almost legendary for their musical performances.
This year's was no different featuring The Unity Choir of Tupelo.
Tupelo Councilwoman Nettie Davis led the group in the Litany of Thanksgiving.
City of Tupelo Court Director led a rousing rendition of "God Bless America."
In the end, it was St. Paul United Methodist Church's pastor who put it all into perspective.
"Its nothing like preparing a table for those who want to eat from God's table, and to see the diversity and everybody coming together as one, has really made me happy today," said Reverend Gloria McKinney.
The event was sponsored by the city of Tupelo and private citizens.