Do You Know When & Why Thanksgiving Was Made A National Holiday?

 

In 1789, following a proclamation issued by President George Washington, America celebrated its first Day of Thanksgiving to God.

 

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made a proclamation setting aside the last Thursday of November as a national Day of Thanksgiving.

Then, in 1941, Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday.

Read more on the origins of Thanksgiving here

Read Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation here

It is incredible to think that Abraham Lincoln called for a day of thanksgiving in 1863 – in the middle of the Civil War and just 4 months after the Battle of Gettysburg! No matter your circumstances, take time to give thanks to God for your many blessings.

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