Thanksgiving wishes 2011

We take a moment to reflect today on the many blessings we enjoy as citizens of this great land, and wish the abundant bounties of this uniquely American holiday to each and every one of our readers.


George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

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 and 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 in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable 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 has 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 shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, 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 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

The original handwritten page can be viewed here.


7 Responses to Thanksgiving wishes 2011

  1. Marianne says:

    Notice President Washington’s unequivocal acknowledgement of God in the lives of Americans? I’d be interested to see how this proclamation compares to Obama’s.

  2. Doc says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to SRA, & to ALL my fellow bloggers

    Sincerely, Doc, (R), Precinct Committeeman, Dist 57 COUGARS, Chino Valley, Az

    I’m Thankful for my Family, My health, & to the education & information provided HERE!

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      Thank you, Doc. We here at Seeing Red AZ are grateful for your active participation and thought provoking comments. Chino Valley is fortunate to have you as a Republican Precinct Committeeman.

  3. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Here is Barack Obama’s 2011 Thanksgiving Proclamation, Marianne. Of course he mentions himself, referring to God only in the context of President Washington’s first Thanksgiving Proclamation and that of wartime President Abraham Lincoln. The only word he left out was “quaint,” in regard to Washington’s honring of our Creator.
    This says it all:

  4. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    This is Truly the type of Leadership we once had, I believe unless and until we return to this Our Nation will not be Restored and the leaders we now have don’t seem to be able to see this.
    We as a People must bend our Knees and ask God to forgive Us first as individuals and then as a Nation for going against His Plan in favor of a new doctrine, this I believe is the first step to Restoring America to the Place God gave us in the beginning.
    Remember He said ; If my people will humble themselves, meaning look to Him for both Forgiveness and Guidance He’ll heal our land and not a moment sooner. God Bless You All; Van

  5. VinoAZ says:

    First in war, first in peace. A real leader and statesman. A true patriot. A humble God recognizing man.

  6. Maggie says:

    Obama just can’t bring himself to thank GOD. How could he? He thinks HE is God! He does mention that he’s “thankful that he’s able to serve as your commander-in-chief.”
    The words God bless America are unable to pass his lips. Listen: