Did you know?

President Abraham Lincoln was the first president to proclaim the last Thursday in November an official national holiday.

In the midst of the civil war, Lincoln called for a day of thanksgiving and praise for the gifts that God bestowed upon America.

In his proclamation of October 3, 1863, he invited his fellow citizens to observe Thanksgiving as a time to offer thanks and ask God to "heal the wounds of the nation and restore it to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union."

"The greatest gifts of God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole of the American people."

 

Abraham Lincoln

1863

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