The Rest of the Story

It serves us well to learn from history. The pilgrim hat and buckle shoes that are a part of plays as school children “re-enact” the  first Thanksgiving don’t tell the whole story.  Did you know that on Oct. 3, 1863, an Act of Congress designated an annual National Day of Thanksgiving as proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln?

Lincoln’s proclamation speaks volumes as it rings through time…

“I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States…to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens…it is announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord…It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.” – Abraham Lincoln

This is our heritage. I am grateful.
May you be surrounded with love and enjoy the gift of life as we celebrate a Day of Thanksgiving.

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