by Coy Holcombe.
In two days, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. While we have all heard about the first Thanksgiving involving the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, we may not be familiar with the original proclamation for a day of Thanksgiving written by George Washington. This proclamation was written over 150 years after the first recognized Thanksgiving in 1621. The proclamation written by George Washington served to solidify the date and reason for observing Thanksgiving. Below this entry is a copy of the original proclamation. It is difficult to read at best; so, I have also attached a word for word transcript of Washington’s proclamation.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.