Presidential Proclamation -- Thanksgiving Day, 2011 - KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather & Sports

Presidential Proclamation -- Thanksgiving Day, 2011

Updated: Nov 23, 2011 02:47 PM EST
© iStockphoto / Thinkstock © iStockphoto / Thinkstock

Provided by www.whitehouse.gov

Release Time:
For Immediate Release

THANKSGIVING DAY, 2011

- - - - - - -

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

One of our Nation's oldest and most cherished traditions, Thanksgiving Day brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives. The observance recalls the celebration of an autumn harvest centuries ago, when the Wampanoag tribe joined the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony to share in the fruits of a bountiful season. The feast honored the Wampanoag for generously extending their knowledge of local game and agriculture to the Pilgrims, and today we renew our gratitude to all American Indians and Alaska Natives. We take this time to remember the ways that the First Americans have enriched our Nation's heritage, from their generosity centuries ago to the everyday contributions they make to all facets of American life. As we come together with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate, let us set aside our daily concerns and give thanks for the providence bestowed upon us.

Though our traditions have evolved, the spirit of grace and humility at the heart of Thanksgiving has persisted through every chapter of our story. When President George Washington proclaimed our country's first Thanksgiving, he praised a generous and knowing God for shepherding our young Republic through its uncertain beginnings. Decades later, President Abraham Lincoln looked to the divine to protect those who had known the worst of civil war, and to restore the Nation "to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union."

In times of adversity and times of plenty, we have lifted our hearts by giving humble thanks for the blessings we have received and for those who bring meaning to our lives. Today, let us offer gratitude to our men and women in uniform for their many sacrifices, and keep in our thoughts the families who save an empty seat at the table for a loved one stationed in harm's way. And as members of our American family make do with less, let us rededicate ourselves to our friends and fellow citizens in need of a helping hand.

As we gather in our communities and in our homes, around the table or near the hearth, we give thanks to each other and to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives. Let us pause to recount the simple gifts that sustain us, and resolve to pay them forward in the year to come.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 24, 2011, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to come together whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors to give thanks for all we have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and to share our bounty with others.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

 

BARACK OBAMA

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Sidewalk Plans Scrapped At Gathering Place

    Sidewalk Plans Scrapped At Gathering Place

    It's called The Gathering Place, but changes have been made to the way that some people would have gathered there."We were planning on putting a sidewalk that was gonna connect to this location run it all the way along here all the way up around the circle to 21st street and Veterans Park, get it all tied together," said Paul Zachary.An additional way to access the park, until residents in the neighborhood adjacent to the area said hold on a minute."The problem would be parking on our narrow ...More >>
    It's called The Gathering Place, but changes have been made to the way that some people would have gathered there."We were planning on putting a sidewalk that was gonna connect to this location run it all the way along here all the way up around the circle to 21st street and Veterans Park, get it all tied together," said Paul Zachary.An additional way to access the park, until residents in the neighborhood adjacent to the area said hold on a minute."The problem would be parking on our narrow ...More >>
  • EMSA Issues 4th Medical Heat Alert

    EMSA Issues 4th Medical Heat Alert

    EMSA medics responded to eight patients with suspected heat-related symptoms within a 20 hour period on Tuesday.More >>
    EMSA medics responded to eight patients with suspected heat-related symptoms within a 20 hour period on Tuesday.More >>
  • Video of Accused Shoplifter Goes Viral

    Video of Accused Shoplifter Goes Viral

    An accused shoplifter caught in the act. On another man's cell phone. That video is going viral! It happened outside the Walmart in Coweta.A man named Anthony Smith posted the video on his Facebook page on Sunday. More than 3,800 people shared the video as of Tuesday. According to comments on the social media website, Smith followed a possible shoplifter out of a Coweta Walmart and captured the man quickly throwing a shopping cart full of groceries into the back seat of a gold SUV. The video ...More >>
    An accused shoplifter caught in the act. On another man's cell phone. That video is going viral! It happened outside the Walmart in Coweta.A man named Anthony Smith posted the video on his Facebook page on Sunday. More than 3,800 people shared the video as of Tuesday. According to comments on the social media website, Smith followed a possible shoplifter out of a Coweta Walmart and captured the man quickly throwing a shopping cart full of groceries into the back seat of a gold SUV. The video ...More >>
*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow

P.O. Box 8 Tulsa, OK 74101-0008

Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTUL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.