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UPDATE: Russ was gracious enough to whip this up for me and he explains here what inspired him. Also, get well soon Russ.
(Originally posted by Mrs Greyhawk, Thanksgiving, 2004)
Happy Thanksgiving to all.Posted by kat-Missouri at November 25, 2004 04:16 AM
Great poetry from Russ as usual, and I love the photo montage you placed behind it. Well done, Mrs G.Posted by Bill Faith at November 25, 2004 06:25 AM
Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789
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 and 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 many 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 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 enabled do 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 the great and various favors which He has been please 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 shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, 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 3d day of October, AD 1789
To Russ Vaughn and Mrs. Greyhawk: Wonderful job! Thank you.
I have re-posted the image on my blog and, with your permission, suggest that our troops may get the message if everyone who can adds it to their sites, too.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Hawk.Posted by Sgt Hook at November 25, 2004 03:25 PM
happy thanksgiving and god bless youPosted by roklobsta at November 25, 2004 06:29 PM
I am thankful for my family, including my little bro :)Posted by bigsisevengreyerhawk at November 26, 2004 12:29 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Hawk. May the Good Lord continue to take a liking to ya'! :-)
I'm thankful that for the first time in years the Empty Chair at our table was not for one our own! ALL of our children were there, out of harm's way, and happy as can be. What more can a father ask for? Yes, it was a special Thanksgiving indeed!
May the Good Lord continue to Bless our Country and all that defend Her. May he help our military families with their loved ones gone or serving away from home. Most of all, may we all be thankful that God has Blessed the United States of America!Posted by JarheadDad at November 26, 2004 02:49 AM
Thanks for the link. I wish I'd thought about your clock being several hours ahead of mine sooner. I held off publishing what I had longer than I probably needed to -- Russ wanted you to have it up before anyone else and told the people he sent it to as much. I have an "exclusive" (praise for Russ from one of his "quiet heroes") coming up on my blog in a few days. I'll make sure you know about it when it's ready.Posted by Bill Faith at November 26, 2004 03:27 AM
Happy Thanksgiving Greyhawk and Family. We miss you. I thought about you today and what "fun" we used to have working on cars on Turkey Day. Love to all of you.Posted by cabigsisevengreyerhawk at November 26, 2004 07:22 AM
Wish you could have been here for turkey but I bet you had turkey too. Well maybe next year.Love to you and everyone.Posted by Grannylu at November 26, 2004 04:34 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(11) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)