Thanksgiving Proclamation, President George Washington
City of New York, October 3, 1789

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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 tranquility, 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.

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Honor, Honesty, Loyalty, Integrity, Character

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492px-Portrait_of_George_Washington-246x300Where did it go?…  Why do we rationalize the absence of these traits in our political leaders, society and our american culture today?   The Portrait of George Washington once held a prominent place in our nations schools.  In 1932, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of his Birth, Congress mandated that the Presidential Portrait of George Washington be displayed in every classroom in every school in America.  The Federal Government printed a series of 12 booklets on the life of George Washington to be used as a teaching tool in the schools as well as the Presidential Portrait of George Washington.   They were distributed by our Congressman and Senators to all of the schools, towns, and villages across the country.   Today, you have to look at half the people elected to the House and Senate, and wonder how they ever got elected to office.

Over the past 50 years, the portraits of George Washington have been removed, and so has most of the history from our children’s history books.  There is no longer a Washington’s Birthday Holiday for the one man, who gave birth to our nation, and our individual freedom, who presided over the Constitutional Convention, and guided our new nation as our First President.  You have to wonder how and why this could happen in our country!

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