Rosemead Kiwanis Club

   "Serving the Community Since 1945"






The Fax of Life

A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley

November 23, 1997                                                                     Vol. 3,   No. 8


First National Thanksgiving


 "Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth 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, 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 has been pleased to confer upon us."


                           -- Excerpt from Presidential Proclamation

                               by George Washington, October 3, 1789.



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