On October 3, 1863, in the midst of the bloodiest war America has ever fought, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation “to 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.”
All of us wish the men and women of our Armed Forces a Happy Thanksgiving. We thank you for serving our country and we pray for your safety. We also wish a Happy Thanksgiving to our military families – the most special group of all.
Only those who have experienced an airport or pier-side goodbye hug for a loved one leaving in uniform truly know what they endure. Alone on this Thanksgiving, they bravely shoulder their families’ burdens because words like “duty” and “service” mean something to them.
Thank you and God Bless all of you this Thanksgiving.