|A former member||
The following from the John Birch Society:
With Thanksgiving Day right around the corner, many take time to remember how much God has blessed them. And with good reason! All the same, it is just as important to remember this, not only on Thanksgiving, but each and every day. It is also a time to realize all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon our country. With the role that the founding fathers had in establishing Thanksgiving Day and the Constitutional Republic that they built for us, we owe them a vast amount of gratitude. Many could not imagine what they had to go through to gain the independence we take for granted today.
As many know, originally Thanksgiving was a celebration of the harvest among the British colonists coming over to America. And what a blessing it was for them to have the opportunity to pursue liberty and freedom in the New World! Even with the severe risks, the colonists chose that freedom — religious, political, and economic — over the security that the European governments provided. They valued the opportunity to start a new life with less government and more responsibility. During this time, our country’s leaders acknowledged the one true God and gave public thanks to God.
While the history of the original Thanksgiving Day has many different aspects, there are some definite dates worth mentioning. The Founding Fathers influence transitioned this celebration into an official day of gratitude. On January 1, 1795, President George Washington signed a “National Thanksgiving Proclamation.” He stated, “Our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experienced.” What a great reminder from the first president of the United States to state that all our blessings come from God and are worth giving thanks about!
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act passed by Congress for Thanksgiving Day to be recognized on the last Thursday of November. This is the Thanksgiving Day that we still observe today. Lincoln too, valued the one true God. He said, “[It is] announced in Holy Scripture and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord…. It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.”
This Thanksgiving, let us give thanks to the One that gives us all and keep the day a God-centered holiday. We also want to extend gratitude to all of our members, who are the heart of The John Birch Society and all other like-minded Americans. We are extremely grateful for you and all that you do to keep our Constitutional Republic alive. You, the men and women of good character, humane conscience, and religious ideals are the safeguards of the U.S. Constitution. May you gather together to thank God for the great nation and have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!