George Washington's Thanksgiving Wish

The first official United States Thanksgiving came on November 26, 1789.  In the first year of the Constitutional Republic, both houses of Congress recommended to George Washington that he set apart a day for "thanksgiving and payer."  President Washington agreed and proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November that year to be set apart for expression of the "sincere and humble thanks [to God], for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country." The overt and devout references to God in Washington's proclamation would likely bring sharp ridicule on a modern politician, but it's easy to see why he and his fellow patriots would feel grateful.  That generation of Americans had repeatedly accomplished the seemingly impossible during the preceding years. First, the colonists defeated a far superior military to win the War of Independence, a feat that required divine help from time to time.  One of the more dramatic examples of seemingly miraculous help on...(Read Full Article)