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George Washington’s Thanksgiving proclamation

October 3, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a 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 shewn 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.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

– Go: Washington

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • A day of Thanksgiving to the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is especially important this year because we have Donald Trump as President who is doing so much to save our Nation from the evils of Communism/Fascism/Nazism which is all based on Socialism. He is returning us to a Constitutional Republic. Seymour Marvin Mills Jr. sui juris

    • Believe what you want there Seymour but there is ample written about Don Trump using fascist tactics. And then, of course, there is Gilbert Godfrey’s take on Don Trump right after his taking office: “Trump is Hitler, without the warmth.”

      • What, exactly, is a “fascist tactic”? You mean like the Democrats who sneaked into the federal budget to extend the Patriot Act again so we can all be spied on some more, knowing that if Trump didn’t sign the budget the federal government would shut down? Every single president has done some good things, some terrible things, and most of them were mediocre, at best. Woodrow Wilson was by far worse than Trump and Obama combined. So again, what is your definition of a “fascist tactic”?

        • I suspect that even you are capable of looking up the subject. And this is not something I’ve invented, by the way. And further, what does bringing up other presidents have to do with any of this?

  • Happy Thanksgiving, even you Bill.

  • Bill, with all due respect sir your opinions do not withstand facts. Meaning that you are either blind to truth and a slave to party ideology or quite possibly suffering from some form of mental illness.

    Like Trump or not, your over the top logorhea filled with invective doesn’t shore up your argument.

    • You are entitled to your opinion here, of course. However it is you who’ve brought up “facts” without mentioning a single one. Care to back up your own statement?
      Actually I thought Gilbert’s take on Trump was quite funny but I can understand why your ilk is concerned, especially the way his impeachment inquiry is heading.
      We try to keep things light on holidays. Heheh!

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