The final months of this year, now almost spent, find our Republic and the Nations joined with it waging a battle on many fronts for the preservation of liberty.
In giving thanks for the greatest harvest in the history of our Nation, we who plant and reap can well resolve that in the year to come we will do all in our power to pass that milestone; for by our labors in the fields we can share some part of the sacrifice with our brothers and sons who wear the uniform of the United States.
It is fitting that we recall now the reverent words of George Washington, "Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy Protection," and that every American in his own way lift his voice to heaven."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! As stated yesterday, I want you all to know that I am greatly appreciative of all of you that are reading. I pray you have many things to be thankful for and that the list only grows over the coming days, months, and years. I hope you are able to take the time to be with family today, whether it be the one you are born into or the one you choose, and are able to take the time to reflect on the blessings in your life and to express that gratitude.
This holiday may be overlooked and under-appreciated, but it remains an important day for us to stop all the craziness, especially as we gear up for a season that can be incredibly commercialized, and to remember the blessings great and small in our lives.
"Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks."
"In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this: 'We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.'"
Linus, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Out of the mouths of babes.