A Proclamation…

24 11 2011

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 tranquillity, 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 shewn 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.

GO. WASHINGTON.

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Thanksgiving

23 11 2011

Some people say that a person is the sum of their life experiences and to a large extent I believe that’s true. The people I grew up with, my relatives and friends, taught me much and I’ve taken from them and lived and learned and grown into the person I am. And I am blessed for the experiences they’ve shared with me in my walk through life. But to be totally honest I’ve gained much from people that I am only acquainted with, sometimes remotely.

They’ve caused me to think about and explore things that on my own I’d never have chanced upon . New people with new ideas and life experiences. Even in this forum I’ve found friendships and opinions that have added much to who I am.

I’ve bantered back and forth in comment sections and on message boards and come to “know” and respect many of you out there in the blog-o-sphere. You’ve stimulated me and taught me, stood beside me, or shown me the other side of so very much.

I’ve read your words and heard your ideas and in turn you’ve given me a means and method of injecting mine into a world of your own.

Silly isn’t it, that people you’ve never met and would have otherwise never known can add so many valuable things to a persons life’s experience. Even if we don’t always agree on things there has always been value in the experience.

Isn’t that what it’s all about?

To those of you I know and have known, my family, my schoolmates, and my running buddies. Those I’ve worked with and those that I have personally associated with in some form, I thank you for all you’ve given me.

To those on the periphery of my life, and to those of you I’ve never met and perhaps never will met, I thank you, too. I’m so glad to have each and every one of you along for the trip. Hopefully the journey will be long and joyous. I have been truly blessed.

Happy Thanksgiving to you one and all.

Al