With all of the stress of 2021 that has so visibly shaken our nation, our economy, and our families, we often forget that we, as humans and as Americans, are truly blessed. It is easy to look around horizontally at life and see jobs disappear, prices increase, and a future that seems uncertain. However, when […]
Proclaiming Thanksgiving Blessings
George Washington issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789, designating Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks. In his proclamation, Washington declared that the necessity for such a day sprung from the Almighty’s care of Americans prior to the Revolution, assistance to them in achieving independence, and help in establishing the constitutional government. […]
“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.”
How Did Thanksgiving Get Started?
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President […]