The last Thursday in November is a Day of Thanksgiving in the United States. Today we share with you the first Thanksgiving Day proclamation of George Washington in its entirety. Washington issued this proclamation on October 3, 1789, designating Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks. In his proclamation, Washington declared that the necessity for such a day sprung from the Almighty God’s care of Americans prior to the Revolution, assistance to them in achieving independence, and help in establishing the constitutional government.
On this day of thanksgiving, we join our prayers with that of our first President for God’s continued blessings on our nation and our families. It is only by His Divine Providence that we exist and it is only right and just that we give Him our humble thanks and praise.
By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.