Thanksgiving Day, 2019

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 233 (Wednesday, December 4, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 233 (Wednesday, December 4, 2019)]
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[FR Doc No: 2019-26283]
                        Presidential Documents
Federal Register / Vol. 84 , No. 233 / Wednesday, December 4, 2019 /
Presidential Documents
Title 3--
The President
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                Proclamation 9968 of November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving Day, 2019
                By the President of the United States of America
                A Proclamation
                On Thanksgiving Day, we remember with reverence and
                gratitude the bountiful blessings afforded to us by our
                Creator, and we recommit to sharing in a spirit of
                thanksgiving and generosity with our friends,
                neighbors, and families.
                Nearly four centuries ago, determined individuals with
                a hopeful vision of a more prosperous life and an
                abundance of opportunities made a pilgrimage to a
                distant land. These Pilgrims embarked on their journey
                across the Atlantic at great personal risk, facing
                unforeseen trials and tribulations, and unforetold
                hardships during their passage. After their arrival in
                the New World, a harsh and deadly winter took the lives
                of nearly half their population. Those who survived
                remained unwavering in their faith and foresight of a
                future rich with liberty and freedom, enduring every
                impediment as they established one of our Nation's
                first settlements. Through God's divine providence, a
                meaningful relationship was forged with the Wampanoag
                Tribe, and through their unwavering resolve and
                resilience, the Pilgrims enjoyed a bountiful harvest
                the following year. The celebration of this harvest
                lasted 3 days and saw Pilgrims and Wampanoag seated
                together at the table of friendship and unity. That
                first Thanksgiving provided an enduring symbol of
                gratitude that is uniquely sewn into the fabric of our
                American spirit.
                More than 150 years later, it was in this same spirit
                of unity that President George Washington declared a
                National Day of Thanksgiving following the
                Revolutionary War and the ratification of our
                Constitution. Less than a century later, that hard-won
                unity came under duress as the United States was
                engaged in a civil war that threatened the very
                existence of our Republic. Following the Battle of
                Gettysburg in 1863, in an effort to unite the country
                and acknowledge ``the gracious gifts of the Most High
                God,'' President Abraham Lincoln asked the American
                people to come together and ``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.'' Today, this tradition continues with
                millions of Americans gathering each year to give their
                thanks for the same blessings of liberty for which so
                many brave patriots have laid down their lives to
                defend during the Revolutionary War and in the years
                Since the first settlers to call our country home
                landed on American shores, we have always been defined
                by our resilience and propensity to show gratitude even
                in the face of great adversity, always remembering the
                blessings we have been given in spite of the hardships
                we endure. This Thanksgiving, we pause and acknowledge
                those who will have empty seats at their table. We ask
                God to watch over our service members, especially those
                whose selfless commitment to serving our country and
                defending our sacred liberty has called them to duty
                overseas during the holiday season. We also pray for
                our law enforcement officials and first responders as
                they carry out their duties to protect and serve our
                communities. As a Nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to
                both those who take an oath to safeguard us and
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                our way of life as well as to their families, and we
                salute them for their immeasurable sacrifices.
                As we gather today with those we hold dear, let us give
                thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings we enjoy.
                United together as one people, in gratitude for the
                freedoms and prosperity that thrive across our land, we
                acknowledge God as the source of all good gifts. We ask
                Him for protection and wisdom and for opportunities
                this Thanksgiving to share with others some measure of
                what we have so providentially received.
                NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the
                United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November
                28, 2019, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I
                encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places
                of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our
                many blessings.
                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
                twenty-seventh day of November, in the year of our Lord
                two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the
                United States of America the two hundred and forty-

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