We all wonder where did Thanksgiving come from.
It’s a simple question, but only a few can answer it.
And this short letter can explain some thing every American needs to know.
Unlike other holidays, Thanksgiving is an American holiday. This became a holiday as a result of a Presidential Proclamation issued on October 3rd in 1863 by the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
According to our source, Allen B. West, as a nation we set aside the final Thursday of November as a national “day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heaven,” Lincoln oversaw America’s first Day of Thanksgiving. His Proclamation is one of the most beautiful works you will ever read.
By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation:
The year that is drawing toward 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 can not 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 theater of military conflict, while that theater 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 plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax 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 battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.”
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