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November 25, 2010

The Father of our Country ... Begins Thanksgiving as an American Holiday in 1789

You may have read it or heard it before, but here is the official beginning of Thanksgiving as an American holiday ... Take heart and take heed, for the words are applicable even today:

"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 and 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 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 enable 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 has 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 to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase 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 3d day of October, A.D. 1789. G. Washington"

Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless America.

17 comments:

Nickie Goomba said...

Giving thanks to God for our safety and happiness. Let's have a lot more of that.

Happy Thanksgiving, my faithful Indian companion.

Zio Rico said...

Happy Thanksgiving to the whole GNN crew.

They Say/We Say said...

Have a happy Thanks Giving everyone.

Just Me said...

I'm linking this post.

A very blessed Thanksgiving to all.

Toaster 802 said...

Happy Thanksgiving Nicki, God Bless you and yours!

BTW, Nice post. I have been using it for the last couple years for my thanksgiving post. I want to read it at the table, but the inlaws heads would explode, thus ruining dinner. So I decided to keep it to the intertubes.

Bungalow Bill said...

The things they don't teach you in public schools. Happy Thanksgiving.

USA_Admiral said...

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all at the GNN.

fuzzys dad said...

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Crew here.

Barking Spider said...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Doom said...

I do hope you are having a great day. Whether food with family and friends or even a nice easy day.

sig94 said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

DC said...

Happy T-Giving to the Denizens of the Goomba Nation.

Barky, thanks for the well-wishes from across the pond. Tip of the cover to Britain today.

And Toast, that is righteous. I say read it, any way.

The_Kid said...

To all at GNN. Have a great Thanksgiving and thanks for all the stuff you folks
blow out into space.

Quite Rightly said...

Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

LSP said...

Happy, late, Thanksgiving!

Michael said...

Great find Nickie,

Belated ... Happy Thanksgiving to everyone......I've been in 2 day Tryptophan coma.