MAY EVERYONE HAVE A VERY HAPPY, JOYOUS, AND SAFE THANKSGIVING!!!
Please remember today on this Thanksgiving Day, as you spend time today with family, friends and loved ones while feasting on turkey, stuffing or dressing for those in the South, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry and pumpkin pie, or sitting back and maybe watching some traditional turkey day football, please take the time to think about what you are thankful for and give thanks to your blessings.
We all have something to be thankful for, and sometimes we just all too soon forget of those things and people. As President Ronald Reagan said on Thanksgiving Day 1986, “Perhaps no custom reveals our character as a Nation so clearly as our celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Rooted deeply in our Judeo-Christian heritage, the practice of offering thanksgiving underscores our unshakable belief in God as the foundation of our Nation and our firm reliance upon Him from Whom all blessings flow.”
Thanks to all at Scared Monkeys who make it happen!
There may be no greater time than to remember President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation to the United States in 1863. There is a reason why certain presidents are considered great men.
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful years 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 can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the field of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than theretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, 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. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the f full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.
In testimony wherof I have herunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
A special Thank you to all, old, new and current, those that moderate and clean the cages to those who comment and read … via the Classic video from 2009 from Sleuth … Thank you for being a Friend to Monkeys everywhere and always!
As always, I would be remiss if I did not interject some humor into the Scared Monkeys’ Thanksgiving Day wish. This remains to me one of the top 5 funniest comedy skits in a show of all time … from WKRP in Cincinnati, “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly”. The full show of The Turkey Drop can be seen HERE.