Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Proclamation

The Thanksgiving Proclamation was offered by Samuel Adams on behalf of the Continental Congress on November 3, 1778. It calls for a day of Thanksgiving during the Revolutionary War.

"That all the People may with united Hearts on that Day express a just Sense of His unmerited Favors:

...Particularly in that it hath pleased Him, by His overruling Providence to support us in a just and necessary War for the Defense of our Rights and Liberties; defeating the Councils and evil Designs of our Enemies, and giving us Victory over their Troops ...and by the Continuance of that Union among these States, which by his Blessing, will be their future Strength & Glory."

Most Americans, however, learned the story of Thanksgiving from this wise man:

Linus Van Pelt: "In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this: 'We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice."

Peppermint Patty: "Amen."



Anonymous said...

Heh...and here I thought Sam Adams just made beer. Happy T-day!

The Senate Site said...

Happy Thanksgiving! We're thankful for your blog site - particularly because we were wondering how to convey Thanksgiving cheer to the 14 readers we have in Utah. When we saw your post our problem was solved.


RC and LB