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A Moment In History… A Thanksgiving Proclamation

  Due to the fact that we no longer teach the truth of our American Heritage in our school systems, and that God is scarcely mentioned, even on the streets in the city, it is imperative that we learn the truth of our heritage by utilizing any and all resources that we mayhave at our disposal.

  This week, since this is the week we celebrate Thanksgiving. We will provide historical speeches and proclamations issued by founding fathers and other members of this great nation in regards to Thanksgiving.

  Today, we present the proclamation of Thanksgiving issued by our nation’s first president, George Washington in 1789. (Note the date, and the references to God, as well as what he stated our duty as Americans is).


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.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

November 23, 2009 - Posted by | Series Issue | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Dear Realsville Blog,
    Thank you for President Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclaimation of 1789.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,
    In the Name of the One who has done for us what we were unable to do for ourselves. Through His Precious Blood our Lord Jesus Christ reconciled all mankind to the Father and said – whosoever will may come.
    Deborah Williamson

    Comment by Deborah Williamson | November 26, 2009 | Reply

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