We have much to be thankful for, one of the biggest is that Tyler Ng'Andwe is with us and at home. He does want visitors, but it will be through his mom to schedule, so as not to overwhelm him. We have an amazing program in Civil Air Patrol that equips us to be productive adults and serve others. I know that I am thankful for Apex Squadron, I have seen the growth in the last 9 months and look forward to seeing more. As we are winding down 2016, let's show our gratitude towards those around us. While it may be difficult, there is always something to be grateful for, we just have to look a little harder sometimes.
I wish you and yours a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Here is what Chaplain Maness sent out this morning:
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. Many of you may wonder; did it start with the pilgrims and we adopted a day or was it something special? The first official day of Thanksgiving dates back to Thursday, November 26th 1789. At the request of Congress, President George Washington issued a proclamation on behalf of The United States. It was continued from time to time by other presidents but was set into practice as the 4th Thursday in November by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, and then made into Law by Congress in 1941. I share the original proclamation, unedited, by President George Washington and ask that we reflect on the many blessings this nation has had since its founding.
From my family to yours, I wish you all a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Day.
Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
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 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 favor, able 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 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 has been pleased 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 trangressions; 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 third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
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