Although Thanksgiving was celebrated in this land for two centuries prior, it was Oct. 3, 1863, during the middle of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November. The proclamation began:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
And so for the past 152 years as a nation we have celebrated our blessings. But not all of our citizens are as blessed as others. Churches and non-profits seek to fill that void so that no one goes hungry on Thanksgiving Day.
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