Topic of the Month: Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks­

Although we come from different parts of this Earth and we express our faiths differently, every American circles the fourth Thursday of November on their calendars.  We do this to take a break from our busy days and to come together with family and neighbors to give thanks.  Four hundred years ago, English subjects in the New World gave thanks for their colony’s survival with the 3-day long festival.  The English and the local Wampanoag put aside their many differences to celebrate life and give thanks.  For the next 242 years, Americans sporadically recognized and celebrated the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Finally in 1863 during the darkest days of the Republic, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation for Thanksgiving asking his “...fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”  As we approach Thanksgiving Day 2021, we need to put aside the differences with our loved ones and neighbors.  We need to take a respite from the daily turmoil and sit down with our fellow Americans to break bread and to Give Thanks.  The Coppell Republican Club asks everyone to read and share Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation and we wish every American a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Transcript for President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation from October 3,1863