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Thanksgiving on November 26

November 24, 2015

On October 3, 1789, George Washington issued the first presidential proclamation for a national day of Thanksgiving. He began by mentioning: “…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 called for “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God…”
Thursday November 26, 1789 was Thanksgiving Day.

On October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation recognizing “the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” Thursday November 26, 1863 was Thanksgiving Day.

President Obama’s 2015 Thanksgiving Proclamation ends with the following sentiments.
“I encourage the people of the United States to join together – whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors – and give thanks for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others.”

Thursday November 26, 2015 is Thanksgiving Day.

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