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Reflections: Washington wise to found nation in the spirit of Thanksgiving
Steve Owen
Steve Owen
On October 3, 1789 President Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving. “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, [I] 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.”