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Old 11-21-2012, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nearly 400 years ago my Great (times many) grandfather celebrated a day of "thanks-giving" on the shores of the Atlantic in the Plymouth Colony. Only 56 of the original pilgrims still survived, but they still found it in them to thank God for their blessings.

Tomorrow we carry on that tradition...thanking God for our abundant blessings, for life, liberty, and of course...football.

Okay, so Gramps probably didn't know about the football thing but I'm sure he'd have approved.

George Washington continued the tradition in 1789, remembering all that had transpired since then end of a bloody 6-year long civil war that would eventually became a global war, for life liberty and football. (we didn't want to have to play that cheezy form of european football anymore either)

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By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

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God Bless America.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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On the most universally celebrated American holiday, I wish all my V twin forum brothers and sisters a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Happy Thanksgiving American friends ........
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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On the most universally celebrated American holiday, I wish all my V twin forum brothers and sisters a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice post. Yes, our family still carries on the tradition.

We are descendants of Elder William Brewster, patriarch of the Pilgrims.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I hope everyone has a happy thanksgiving and enjoys the long weekend. I hope you get a long weekend anyway. ENJOY!!!
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May this Thanksgiving bring happiness to you & your friends and family!
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Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Biker Bro's out there...

and to our troops who aren't able to be home this holiday!
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Remember to give to those who need and never forget the sacrifice of our military.


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Happy Thanksgiving to all and have a safe Holiday Season.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanks Giving: God Bless. That's it.
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that is plenty...happy thanksgiving
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I will give thanks to God for the blessings he has bestowed upon this nation. And watch football, go Pats!
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May each of you be blessed with the horn of plenty!
I am thankful for so much the list doesn't end!
Thankful for a sofa after I pack my face like a cannon at mealtime!
Riding today too! Woohoo!!
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