Editorial: Let's meet each other for free Thanksgiving lunch on Monday

It's said if you know your neighbor, chances are you'll get along better with him.

That's a big part of the philosophy behind Gratefull Dalton, a free, come one, come all, city-wide Thanksgiving-themed lunch coming up Monday on Hamilton Street in downtown Dalton.

Yes, you read that correctly, it will be on Hamilton Street. A block of downtown's major artery, bordered roughly on the north by the statue of the Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and on the south by Gordon Street, will be closed to traffic and filled with rows of tables from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

And you and everyone you know are invited.

Believe Greater Dalton, an organization devoted to developing a five-year strategic plan and community vision, is behind this.

They promise the event will be free of any agenda other than getting local residents to sit, eat and talk with those they don't know.

Believe Greater Dalton said in a statement that the event removes barriers and brings "people together from across social boundaries, simply to get to know each other and build understanding. In order to build a city that is an honest reflection of its residents, everyone should be invited to the table."

Gratefull Dalton was inspired by a similar event held in downtown Chattanooga that was meant as a one-time event but instead became an annual tradition that spread to other cities in the Southeast.

We hope it catches on here and becomes an annual, anticipated holiday event that allows us to share a meal with members of the community we might not normally meet.

There's no need to bring anything — organizers have lined up a lot of generous restaurants, sponsors and volunteers that will provide all the food and serving staff.

So why wait until Thursday for a good Thanksgiving meal? Get a head start on Monday. You'll not only walk away with a full belly but with a few new friends as well.

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