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11-22-11, 07:59 PM
This is the test of George Washington's October 3, 1789 national Thanksgiving Proclamation; as printed in The Providence Gazette and Country Journal, on October 17, 1789.

Many may have never read this before and it is a great springboard to sharing what you are thankful during this time of year or is there a particular thanksgiving you remember when you were in the Marine Corps. My first one was spent in boot camp, little memory of it. Most memorable one was on Okinawa when the entire unit came together.

By the President of the United States of America.

A 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 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 tranquility, 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 shown 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 encrease 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.

G. Washington

11-23-11, 10:11 AM
Excellent----thank you.

You're welcome, Dave, and thanks for posting.

After boot camp, for the next couple years, I was stationed in So. Cal and when thanksgiving rolled around would drive north 13-15 hours on a 96 pass with my brother to be home for Thanksgiving. Those were whirlwind trips. We'd get off and drive straight on through the night until we arrived on Thanksgiving day. And since we pulled in in the morning, we never hit the rack until that night, so had been up since Wed morning before we hit the rack Thursday night.

My brother refused to stop on these trips except for gas. So when you had to take a leak, he'd give me this bottle to whiz in. Well, I was a PFC and he was a Sgt, so I couldn't argue. LOL. But I was driving on one of the trips and ran out of gas one mile short of an exit and had to hoof it up about 2300 hours to get a gallon of gas. Never stretched it that far again.

I was always grateful during those trips that we made it in one piece, didn't get a ticket (this was during the days of mandatory 55 mph everywhere) and most importantly, being able to spend Thanksgiving at home with family.

God was good to us - still is!

11-23-11, 08:34 PM
Thank you for posting!