A Word of Thanksgiving to every citizen and to those desiring to be a citizen of the United States.
Two hundred and twenty-seven years ago, the president of the United States used his presidential authority to issue a proclamation of Thanksgiving to God. There were no riots in the streets. There were no burning of others property or the beating and injury to others because of the differences among the preferences and convictions of the diverse men of our nation. Many things had yet to be established, but these things were already accomplished.
April 19, 1775 –The British attacked the American colonies at Lexington, Massachusetts beginning the Revolution War.
July 4, 1776 – The Declaration of Independence was adopted.
October 19, 1781 – British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered his armies at Yorktown, Virginia, ending the war.
September 3, 1783 – The Treaty of Paris was signed to ensure that the British and other nations would recognize the independence of the American colonies.
May 25, 1787 – The Constitutional Convention opened in Philadelphia with a quorum of seven states to discuss the Articles of Confederation.
September 17, 1787 – Twelve state delegations approve the Constitution. Of the 42 delegates present 39 signed the Constitution.
June 21, 1788 – the Constitution became effective when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it.
March 4, 1789 – The first Congress convened in New York City under the Constitution.
April 30, 1789 – George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States.
September 24, 1789 – Congress establish the Supreme Court and the position of Attorney General of the United States.
These steps were needed to establish the greatest system of government on the face of the earth that has ever been devised by men.
President Washington then issued this Proclaimation.
[New York, 3 October 1789]
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
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.
How different it seems today. Most of our citizens never read the Constitution that guarantees their rights in the United States. I urge all Americans to and those that would desire to be citizens to carefully read this Constitution and on that basis come together on this Thanksgiving Day and truly give thanks for the great country that God has allowed us to live and participate. Give thanks for the wisdom and blessing that God has granted us from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to this day.