Have a Happy Thanksgiving with two proclamations and a reminder

On October 3, 1789, George Washington declared a national day of thanks with this proclamation:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of  Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to  implore His protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by  their joint Committee requested me ‘to recommend to the People of the United  States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging  with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by  affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for  their safety and happiness.’ 

“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November  next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great  and glorious Being, Who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that  is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our  sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of  this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold  mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His providence, which we  experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree  of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the  peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish  constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the  national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with  which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful  knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been  pleased to confer upon us.
“And also that we may then unite in most  humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of  Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to  enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and  relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a  blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and  constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect  and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness  unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote  the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of  science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree  of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

On October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln set aside the third Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving with this proclamation:

 The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with  the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these  bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to  forget the source from which they come, others have been added,  which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to  penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible  to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of  a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has  sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their  aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has  been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and  harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military  conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the  advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of  wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to  the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle  or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements,  and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals,  have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has  steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made  in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country,  rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor,  is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase  of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal  hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts  of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for  our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to  me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and  gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the  whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens  in every part of the United States, and also those who are at  sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart  and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of  Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth  in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up  the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances  and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national  perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those  who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the  lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and  fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal  the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be  consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace,  harmony, tranquility and Union.

To all, I wish a Happy Thanksgiving and give this reminder:

thanksgivng soldier

 

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One Response to Have a Happy Thanksgiving with two proclamations and a reminder

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Bret!!!!!!!
    Great post.
    Hope you had a wonderful day, partner.

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