The True Meaning Of Thanksgiving

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington, at the urging of Congress, declared a day of thanksgiving to show America’s appreciation to God for the new nation and its government. The President called it a National Day of Thanksgiving. In the text of Washington’s proclamation below, you can see how closely this national holiday is linked with God, just like the incipient nation itself. The words of our first President explain the true meaning of this holiday. 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 thei

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