Our first president, George Washington, advised Americans to set aside a day of public Thanksgiving to God for the great favors He has bestowed on our nation. On Oct. 3, 1789, George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving Day for our nation.
The proclamation, the first of a series of presidential orders that had remained a part of our American history declared: “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 commend 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 to the service of that great and glorious Being, Who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or will be.”
Joan Cobb, Nashville
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