On Oct. 3, 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation announcing that the final Thursday of November would be set aside to express appreciation for the “blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.” Even amid war’s many horrors, Americans had much to be thankful for. And Lincoln insisted that the rightful object of their gratitude was “the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” Divine mercies required public acknowledgment. And so, Lincoln invited all Americans to “observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and prayer to our beneficent Father, who dwelleth in the heavens.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!!! Stay warm!!! Its 3 degrees at LG as i type this!!!