Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2019
On Thanksgiving Day, we remember with reverence and gratitude the bountiful blessings afforded to us by our Creator, and we recommit to sharing in a spirit of thanksgiving and generosity with our friends, neighbors, and families.
Nearly four centuries ago, determined individuals with a hopeful vision of a more prosperous life and an abundance of opportunities made a pilgrimage to a distant land. These Pilgrims embarked on their journey across the Atlantic at great personal risk, facing unforeseen trials and tribulations, and unforetold hardships during their passage. After their arrival in the New World, a harsh and deadly winter took the lives of nearly half their population. Those who survived remained unwavering in their faith and foresight of a future rich with liberty and freedom, enduring every impediment as they established one of our Nation‚Äôs first settlements. Through God‚Äôs divine...
Thanks, 'Adriel' for that additional info. I was thinking of what House Speaker Pelosi's Thanksgiving Proclamation looks like: "Today, on a day when we think back to the history of the US, we must take note of the significant contributions that the trans gender people made. Just like our great President Obama said, 'You didn't build that" we have much to be grateful for.
"The question of where the first Thanksgiving was held in the United States has been a subject of debate, primarily between New England and Virginia, complicated by the concept of Thanksgiving as a holiday celebration versus a religious service. James Baker maintains, "The American holiday's true origin was the New England Calvinist Thanksgiving. Never coupled with a Sabbath meeting, the Puritan observances were special days set aside during the week for thanksgiving and praise in response to God's providence." Baker calls the debate a "tempest in a beanpot" and "marvelous nonsense" based on regional claims. However, the day for Thanksgiving services specifically codified in the founding charter of Berkeley Hundred in 1619 was instrumental in President John F. Kennedy's attempt to strike a compromise between the regional claims, by issuing Proclamation 3560 on Nov 5, 1963, stating, "Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the love which bound them together, and for the faith which united them with their God." (Wiki)
I just looked up 'JFK's Thanksgiving Proclamation' and found it easily online. I guess you could do the same thing for every President, and then compare them. I think the last President would be the most noxious, probably mention how important a role the Muslims played on the Mayflower.
"The National Thanksgiving Proclamation was the first formal proclamation of Thanksgiving in the United States. President George Washington declared Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer."
Lincoln later called for the last Thursday in November to be the day, since many States had their own, and it officially became established a federal holiday the fourth day of November in 1941.