Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope that you all experience a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Rather than a discourse on what Thanksgiving means to me, I stumbled across the Pilgrim Hall Museum website where all of the various Thanksgiving proclamations made by our Presidents are listed. 

I wanted to share this site with you as I find it incredulous that people can continue to denigrate Christianity and maintain that it wasn’t the fundamental underpinning our Great Nation.  Further, rather than look for inspiration from the current temporary occupant of the White House, let’s reflect on how a great President approached Thanksgiving.  President Reagan wrote these words as he guided our nation out of the morass left behind by the last failed (and until today, worst) President. 

Proclamation 4883. November 12, 1981

America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to god for all of His blessings.
On this day of thanksgiving, it is appropriate that we recall the first thanksgiving, celebrated in the autumn of 1621. After surviving a bitter winter, the Pilgrims planted and harvested a bountiful crop. After the harvest they gathered their families together and joined in celebration and prayer with the native Americans who had taught them so much. Clearly our forefathers were thankful not only for the material well-being of their harvest but for this abundance of goodwill as well.
In this spirit, Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Long before there was a government welfare program, this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character. Americans have always understand that, truly, one must give in order to receive. This should be a day of giving as well as a day of thanks.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving in 1981, we should reflect on the full meaning of this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do as individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance.
Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 1981, as Thanksgiving Day.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and sixth.

God Bless you all and God Bless the Unites States of America  


  1. A Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,CS,and thanks for putting up Reagan's Thanksgiving address. Enjoy the day,AND your dinner!!

  2. Amigo,
    Thanks for your wishes and I return them to you and yours and my fellow readers.

  3. Clyde,

    Thanks for the visit. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  4. Hardnox,

    Back at ya' - My family's wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving goes out to your family.

  5. CS,

    Here's hoping you get to eat some real meat and potatoes. Tell everyone hello.

  6. Interesting site with some fantastic words by many great men. Inspiring in many instances. Thanks for putting it out there. Enjoy the day.

  7. Tenth,

    No tofurkey here - don't worry. All the best to you and yours.

  8. Paladin,

    Thanks - Have a great Thanksgiving.

  9. I hope all enjoyed. A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family CS. My apologies, but I was quite busy, and didn't have time to make the rounds......

  10. CS- I would like to formally invite you to comment on a post that will be up in a few hours. Your insight would be much appreciated.

  11. Johnny,

    No apology necessary - I'm glad your part of our discussion group.