Happy Thanksgiving from The Mighty Bruin
Wishing you, your family and your loved ones the happiest Thanksgiving!
We’re going to take a few minutes today to take a break from UCLA sports. First and foremost, we want to wish every one of our readers a very happy Thanksgiving!
Today, we are most thankful for each of you that reads and supports this blog. We truly appreciate all of you.
Of course, Thanksgiving always seems a little happier and Bruin fans are always a little more thankful after our football team defeats Southern Cal the Saturday before the holiday. And, so, we join each of us in thanks for that as well.
This morning, the above image was in my inbox and it made me think that it’s something which, like the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July, should be shared with you.
In 1789, our first President George Washington issued a proclamation declaring Thursday, November 26, 1789 to be “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.”
So, without any further ado, I’m sharing that document, followed by the text of i with you as we wish you all the happiest Thanksgiving. May each of you be able to see family and friends you may not have seen much in the past year and a half due to the COVID pandemic.
By the President
of the United States of America.
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 Twenty-sixth 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 favourable Interpositions of his Providence 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.
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 shewn Kindness unto us) and to bless them with good Government, Peace, and Concord;---to promote the Knowledge and Practice of true Religion and Virtue, and the Encrease 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 One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-nine.