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Old November 23, 2000, 10:22 AM
Dien Rice
 
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Default Going to eat some stuffed turkey....

Did you know that Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until it was declared to be one by Abe Lincoln in 1863?

That Lincoln was quite a speechmaker! Here is part of Lincoln's speech....

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, the many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.


-- April 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)

Dien Rice
 


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