‘Tis the season to be thankful for our many blessings. I certainly have much to be thankful for, including family, faith and friends! I’m also blessed to work with wonderful folks every day!
I am grateful for our forefathers who established this great nation and set aside a day each year to express gratitude and appreciation. I could go on and on about the many things that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, but – What are you thankful for? To me, Thanksgiving is a time to express to those we love and care about our appreciation for the blessing they are in our lives.
Many of our nation’s Presidents have shared their thoughts about Thanksgiving.
“Throughout the 1700’s, individual colonies initiated individual days of Thanksgiving each year. Informal Thanksgiving festivities were held in 1777 throughout the colonies as a form of celebrating the surrender of the British.” – George Washington
“On October 3, 1863, with our nation embroiled in a battle of conflict that set brother against brother, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for a national Thanksgiving Holiday to take place on the fourth Tuesday of November. This great man, noting the severity of the war, said the nation needed to turn its collective hearts heavenward in a time of national struggle”
On Thanksgiving Day 1942, with the world at war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued this proclamation: “God’s help to us has been great this year while marching towards World Wide Liberty”
And in 2001, President George W. Bush issued his proclamation saying, “In thankfulness and humility we acknowledge, especially now, our dependence on one greater than ourselves. May Almighty God, watch over our homeland, protect us and grant us patience, resolve and wisdom in all that is to come.”
So, what are you thankful for?