Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth
Jennie A. Brownscombe
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 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. (Source)

— George Washington

May you spend time with loved ones and may you have things to be thankful for ...

I know I do.


  1. After the past year I'm thankful for being able to type this today and thankful for this blog to be here Sarge. And thanks for all of you out there......... :)

  2. I do like the quote, Sarge (pretty much because I used the same one- great minds and all). Happy Thanksgiving to all the Chanters!

  3. A quick search indicates there are more than a dozen other countries where Thanksgiving is celebrated. I only hope there is a political proclamation as boldly worded as the beloved George Washington stated it here. Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation for a Thursday in November in 1863 stands close beside it.
    I am Thankful for the writing gang and all of the commenters here at the oldafsarge.blogspot!


  4. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a happy tryptophan induced Good Night!

  5. I am a sovereign man that grew out of that tradition so long ago and yet I don't believe I would be welcome there and then. On the other hand, the give and take of society is one that I know and truly I can hold my tongue (no,no, not that). What was always best about my family coming together for holidays was how each and every one of us followed my parent's unsaid rule and we made merry without anything from the world trying its best to bring the hate in.
    May you all have a very merry Thanksgiving with friends and family.

  6. Happiest Thanksgiving to all. Especially to those struggling to find any happiness this holiday season.

  7. Amen. Oh that our leaders today had the same outlook, and appreciation for the blessings bestowed upon us, and the humility to appreciate what has been given to us.

    We also have MANY personal blessing for which to be thankful this year, and each of us should ponder and offer thanks and praise for each of those blessings, large or small. We see tragedies which have befallen others, and should be thankful we were spared.

    Let us also resolve to be tolerant of others, and opinions with which we disagree, although they are free to embrace such thoughts. But also never to sacrifice that which is right for the sake of appeasement when our freedom and liberty are truly threatened.
    John Blackshoe


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