Forget the Pilgrims and the wondrous meal they had celebrating the first Thanksgiving. It is all made up and mythical lore. It's a great story for school kids though! But it never happened.
The First Thanksgiving was in fact a presidential proclamation, by none other than George Washington, in 1789.
I suggest that you read the entire text. It is only 489 words long. You can find it here.
But this is the beginning, and it is powerful!
" 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..."
I intentionally left the three dots at the end, because more follows. But that beginning will just as well indicate his intention.
It was not until President Abraham Lincoln that the holiday became a national one. He had his own proclamation in 1863. Not surprisingly, it has the same flavor as his predecessor.
HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY AND GIVE THANKS FOR OUR BOUNTIES. WE NEED TO PRESERVE THEM. WE MUST.
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