Happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all our readers! – Hot weather

Thanksgiving has been an American tradition for as long as America has existed. In past years, we’ve referenced presidential Thanksgiving proclamations, particularly the first from President George Washington in 1789 and the grand declaration of war from President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

This year, let’s return to the wisdom of the Father of our Motherland. In 1789, George Washington designated October 3 as a “day of public thanksgiving,” and indeed the world’s newest nation and fledgling republic had many reasons to be thankful. Six years ago, the United States fought for and won its independence under the command of Washington as a confederation of sovereign states. Four years later, with the nation on the brink of disintegration, a convention of statesmen drafted a lasting Constitution that would hold the nation together even through its most heated internal conflicts.

Washington undoubtedly realized the novelty of this enterprise and the tenuous nature of this new compact. Every step Washington took, including this announcement, set some form of precedent for what would follow. And Washington understood this—so he selflessly chose American Cincinnati, relinquished his role as president for life, and made it clear that the new Republic served both its sovereign citizens and God.

In doing so, Washington asserted his status as a statesman rather than a general and made the promise of sovereign citizen self-government a new reality. For that, as well as all the other reasons cited in Washington’s proclamation, we Americans have forever to thank.

By the President of the United States of America. Declaration.

It is the duty of all Nations to accept the will of God Almighty, to submit to His will, to be thankful for His blessings, and to humbly beseech His protection and favor – and whereas the joint committee of both Houses of Congress has requested me. “To recommend a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed to the people of the United States, acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of God Almighty, and especially enabling them to establish a form of government through peace for their safety and happiness. .”

Now I recommend and appoint that Thursday the 26th day of November next be dedicated to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the merciful Author of all the good that is available to the people of these states. — Let us all hereafter unite in expressing our sincere and humble gratitude to him — for the kind care and patronage he showed to the people of this country before it was a Nation — for his signal and manifold mercies, and for his favorable interventions during and at the close of his late war — for the great assurance we have since received— for peace, unity and abundance – for allowing us to build constitutions in a peaceful and rational way. government for our safety and happiness, especially the national government lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means at our disposal to acquire and disseminate useful knowledge; and in general, for all the great and various blessings he has been pleased to bestow upon us.

and also, that we may unitedly present our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of the nations, and beseech him to forgive our national and other sins—whether in public or private places—that we may all perform a series of prayers. and to bless our national government to all men–all their Sovereigns and Nations (especially those who have been kind to Us)–by being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, a government wisely and faithfully executed and obeyed, and their relative duties proper and timely–a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws. to bless with government, peace, and understanding — To preach the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, to promote the extension of science among them and us, and generally to bestow upon all mankind. only a degree of temporary prosperity as he knows best.

Given under my hand in the city of New York this third day of October in the year 1789 of our Lord.