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<p align="left"><font color="#800000">THANKSGIVING DAY, 1981

Proclamation 4883. November 12, 1981

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION</font>


America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our
citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this nation throughout its history.
In keeping with Americaís heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving
thanks to god for all of His blessings.

On this day of thanksgiving, it is appropriate that we recall the first
thanksgiving, celebrated in the autumn of 1621. After surviving a bitter winter,
the Pilgrims planted and harvested a bountiful crop. After the harvest they
gathered their families together and joined in celebration and prayer with the
native Americans who had taught them so much. Clearly our forefathers were
thankful not only for the material well-being of their harvest but for this
abundance of goodwill as well.

In this spirit, Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping
hand to the less fortunate. Long before there was a government welfare program,
this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character.
Americans have always understand that, truly, one must give in order to receive.
This should be a day of giving as well as a day of thanks.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in 1981, we should reflect on the full meaning of
this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday
festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do sass individuals
to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can
only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance.

Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played
such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed
as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do
hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 1981, as Thanksgiving Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of November, in
the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-one, and of the Independence of
the United States of America the two hundred and sixth.

<font color="#800000">RONALD REAGAN


THANKSGIVING DAY, 1982

Proclamation 4979. September 27, 1982

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION</font>


Two hundred years ago, the Congress of the United States issued a Thanksgiving
Proclamation stating that it was &quot;the indispensable duty of all nations&quot; to
offer both praise and supplication to God. Above all other nations of the world,
America has been especially blessed and should give special thanks. We have
bountiful harvests, abundant freedoms, and a strong, compassionate people.

I have always believed that this anointed land was set apart in an uncommon way,
that a divine plan placed this great continent here between the oceans to be
found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of faith
and freedom. Our pioneers asked that He would work His will in our daily lives
so America would be a land of morality, fairness, and freedom.

Today we have more to be thankful for than our pilgrim mothers and fathers who
huddled on the edge of the New World that first Thanksgiving Day could ever
dream. We should be grateful not only for our blessings, but for the courage and
strength of our ancestors which enable us to enjoy the lives we do today.

Let us reaffirm through prayers and actions our thankfulness for Americaís
bounty and heritage.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do
hereby proclaim Thursday, November 25, 1982, as a National Day of Thanksgiving
and I call upon all of our citizens to set aside that day for appropriate
expressions of thanksgiving.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 27<sup>th</sup> day of
Sept. in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-two, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventh.

<font color="#800000">RONALD REAGAN


PROCLAMATION 5098 - THANKSGIVING DAY, 1983

September 15, 1983

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION
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Since the Pilgrims observed the initial Thanksgiving holiday in 1621, this
occasion has served as a singular expression of the transcending spiritual
values that played an instrumental part in the founding of our country.

One hundred and twenty years ago, in the midst of a great and terrible civil
conflict, President Lincoln formally proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving
to remind those &quot;insensible to the ever watchful providence of almighty God&quot; of
this Nationís bounty and greatness. Several days after the dedication of the
Gettysburg battlefield, the United States celebrated its first national
Thanksgiving. Every year since then, our Nation has faithfully continued this
tradition. The time has come once again to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, an
occasion for Americans to express gratitude to their God and their country.

In his remarks at Gettysburg, President Lincoln referred to ours as a Nation
&quot;under God.&quot; We rejoice in the fact that, while we have maintained separate
institutions of church and state over our 200 years of freedom, we have at the
same time preserved reverence for spiritual beliefs. Although we are a
pluralistic society, the giving of thanks can be a true bond of unity among our
people. We can unite in gratitude for our individual freedoms and individual
faiths. We can be united in gratitude for our Nationís peace and prosperity when
so many in this world have neither.

As was written in the first Thanksgiving Proclamation 120 years ago, &quot;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.&quot; God has blessed America and
her people, and it is appropriate we recognize this bounty.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, in
the spirit of the Pilgrims, President Lincoln, and all succeeding Presidents, do
hereby proclaim Thursday, November 24, 1983, as a National Day of Thanksgiving,
and I call upon Americans to affirm this day of thanks by their prayers and
their gratitude for the many blessings upon this land and its people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 15<sup>th</sup> day of
Sept., in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-three, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.

<font color="#800000">RONALD REAGAN.


THANKSGIVING DAY, 1984

Proclamation 5269. October 19, 1984

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION</font>


As we remember the faith and values that made America great, we should recall
that our tradition of Thanksgiving is older than our Nation itself. Indeed, the
native American Thanksgiving antedated those of the new Americans. In the words
of the eloquent Seneca tradition of the Iroquois, &quot;Ögive it your thought, that
with one mind we may now give thanks to Him our Creator.&quot;

From the first Pilgrim observance in 1621, to the nine years before and during
the American Revolution when the Continental Congress declared days of Fast and
Prayer and days of Thanksgiving, we have turned to Almighty God to express our
gratitude for the bounty and good fortune we enjoy as individuals and as a
nation. America truly has been blessed.

This year we can be especially thankful that real gratitude to God is inscribed,
not in proclamations of government, but in the hearts of all our people who come
from every race, culture, and creed on the face of the Earth. And as we pause to
give thanks for our many gifts, let us be tempered by humility and by compassion
for those in need, and let us reaffirm through prayer and action our
determination to share our bounty with those less fortunate.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, in
the spirit and tradition of the Iroquois, the Pilgrims, the Continental
Congress, and past Presidents, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 9184,
as a day of National Thanksgiving. I call upon every citizen of this great
Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship to celebrate, in the
words of 1784, &quot;with grateful hearts Ö the mercies and praises of their all
Bountiful CreatorÖ&quot;

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of October,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-four, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and ninth.

<font color="#800000">RONALD REAGAN


THANKSGIVING DAY, 1985

Proclamation 5412. November 15, 1985

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION
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Although the time and date of the first American thanksgiving observance may be
uncertain, there is no question but that this treasured custom derives from our
Judeo-Christian heritage. &quot;Unto Three, O God, do we give thanks,&quot; the Psalmist
sang, praising God not only for the &quot;wondrous works&quot; of His creation, but for
loving guidance and deliverance from dangers.

A band of settlers arriving in Maine in 1607 held a service of thanks for their
safe journey, and twelve years later settlers in Virginia set aside a day of
thanksgiving for their survival. In 1621 Governor William Bradford created the
most famous of all such observances at Plymouth Colony when a bounteous harvest
prompted him to proclaim a special day &quot;to render thanksgiving to the Almighty
God for all His blessings.&quot; The Spaniards in California and the Dutch in New
Amsterdam also held services to give public thanks to God.

In 1777, during our War of Independence, the Continental Congress set aside a
day for thanksgiving and praise for our victory at the battle of Saratoga. It
was the first time all the colonies took part in such an event on the same day.
The following year, upon news that France was coming to our aid, George
Washington at Valley Forge prescribed a special day of thanksgiving. Later, as
our first President, he responded to a Congressional petition by declaring
Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving Day of the United States of
America.

Although there were many state and national thanksgiving days proclaimed in the
ensuing years, it was the tireless crusade of one woman, Sarah Josepha Hale,
that finally led to the establishment of this beautiful feast as an annual
nationwide observance. Her editorials so touched the heart of Abraham Lincoln
that in 1863 - even in the midst of the civil War - he enjoined his countrymen
to be mindful of their many blessings, cautioning them not to forget &quot;the source
from which they come,&quot; that they are &quot;the gracious gifts of the Most High GodÖ&quot;
Who ought to be thanked &quot;with one heart and one voice by the whole American
People.&quot;

It is in that spirit that I now invite all Americans to take part again in this
beautiful tradition with its roots deep in our history and deeper still in our
hearts. We manifest our gratitude to God for the many blessings he has showered
upon our land and upon its people.

In this season of Thanksgiving we are grateful for our abundant harvests and the
productivity of our industries; for the discoveries of our laboratories; for the
researches of our scientists and scholars; for the achievements of our artists,
musicians, writers, clergy, teachers, physicians, businessmen, engineers, public
servants, farmers, mechanics, artisans, and workers of every sort whose honest
toil of mind and body in a free land rewards them and their families and
enriches our entire Nation.

Let us thank God for our families, friends, and neighbors, and for the joy of
this very festival we celebrate in His name. Let every house of worship in the
land and every home and every heart be filled with the spirit of gratitude and
praise and love on this Thanksgiving Day.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, in
the spirit and tradition of the Pilgrims, the Continental Congress, and past
Presidents, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 28, 1985, as a day of national
Thanksgiving. I call upon every citizen of this great Nation to gather together
in homes and places of worship and offer prayers of praise and gratitude for the
many blessings almighty God has bestowed upon our beloved country.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of November,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-five, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and tenth.

<font color="#800000">RONALD REAGAN


THANKSGIVING DAY, 1986

Proclamation 5551. October 13, 1986

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION
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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. Both as individuals and as a people, we join with the Psalmist
in song and praise: &quot;Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good.&quot;

One of the most inspiring portrayals of American history is that of George
Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge. That moving image
personifies and testifies to our Foundersí dependence upon Divine Providence
during the darkest hours of our Revolutionary struggle. It was then - when our
mettle as a Nation was tested most severely - that the Sovereign and Judge of
nations heard our plea and came to our assistance in the form of aid from
France. Thereupon General Washington immediately called for a special day of
thanksgiving among his troops.

Eleven years later, President Washington, at the request of the Congress, first
proclaimed November 26, 1789, as Thanksgiving Day. In his Thanksgiving day
Proclamation, President Washington exhorted the people of the United States to
observe &quot;a day of public thanksgiving and prayer&quot; so that they might acknowledge
&quot;with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by
affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for
their safety and happiness.&quot; Washington also reminded us that &quot;it is the duty of
all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to
be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.&quot;

Today let us take heart from the noble example of our first President. Let us
pause from our many activities to give thanks to almighty God for our bountiful
harvests and abundant freedoms. Let us call upon Him for continued guidance and
assistance in all our endeavors. And let us ever be mindful of the faith and
spiritual values that have made our Nation great and that alone can keep us
great. With joy and gratitude in our hearts, let us sing those stirring stanzas:
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O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed His grace on thee.
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<p align="left">NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States
of America, in the spirit of George Washington and the Founders, do hereby
proclaim Thursday, November 27, 1986, as a National Day of Thanksgiving, and I
call upon every citizen of this great Nation to gather together in homes and
places of worship on that day of thanks to affirm by their prayers and their
gratitude the many blessings bestowed upon this land and its people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of October,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.

<font color="#800000">RONALD REAGAN


THANKSGIVING DAY, 1987

Proclamation 5687. July 28, 1987

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION</font>


Thanksgiving Day is one of our most beloved holidays, an occasion set aside by
Americans from earliest times to thank our Maker prayerfully and humbly for the
blessings and the care He bestows on us and on our beautiful, bountiful land.
Through the decades, through the centuries, in log cabins, country churches,
cathedrals, homes, and halls, the American people have paused to give thanks to
God, in time of peace and plenty or of danger and distress.

Acknowledgment of dependence on Godís favor was, in fact, our fledgling Nationís
very first order of business. When the delegates to the First Continental
Congress met in Philadelphia in 1774, they overcame discord by uniting in prayer
for our country. Despite the differences among them as they began their work,
they found common voice in the 35<sup>th</sup> Psalm, which concludes with a
verse of joyous gratitude, &quot;And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and
of they praise all the day long.&quot;

This year, of course, our Thanksgiving Day celebration coincides with the
Bicentennial of the Constitution. In 1789 the government established by that
great charter of freedom, and &quot;the civil and religious liberty with which we are
blessed,&quot; were cited by George Washington in the first Presidential Thanksgiving
Proclamation as among &quot;the great and various favors&quot; conferred upon us by the
Lord and Ruler of Nations. As we thank the God our first President called &quot;that
great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was,
that is, or that will be,&quot; we have even greater cause for gratitude than the
fresh triumphs that inspired Washingtonís prose. We have seen the splendor of
our natural resource spread across the tables of the world, and we have seen the
splendor of freedom cursing with new vigor through the channels of history. The
cause for which we give thanks, for which so many of our citizens through the
years have given their lies, has endured 200 years - a blessing to us and a
light to all mankind.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1987, let us, in this unbroken chain of observance,
dedicate ourselves to honor anew the Author of Liberty and to publicly
acknowledge our debt to all those who have sacrificed so much in our behalf. May
our gratitude always be coupled with petitions for divine guidance and
protection for our Nation and with ready help for our neighbors in time of need.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do
hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 1987, as a National Day of Thanksgiving,
and I call upon the citizens of this great Nation to gather together in homes
and places of worship on that day of thanks to affirm by their prayers and their
gratitude the many blessings God has bestowed upon us.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of July,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twelfth.

<font color="#800000">RONALD REAGAN


Proclamation 5844 - Thanksgiving Day, 1988

August 4, 1988

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION</font>


The celebration of Thanksgiving Day is one of our Nationís most venerable and
cherished traditions. Almost 200 years ago, the first President of these United
States, George Washington, issued the first national Thanksgiving Day
Proclamation under the Constitution and recommended to the American people that
they &quot;be devoted 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.&quot; He called
upon them to raise &quot;prayers and supplications to the Great Lord and Ruler of
Nations,&quot; not merely for continued blessings on our own land but on all rulers
and nations that they might know &quot;good government, peace, and concord.&quot;

A century ago, President Grover Cleveland called for &quot;prayers and song of
praise&quot; that would render to God the appreciation of the American people for His
mercy and for the abundant harvests and rich rewards He had bestowed upon our
Nation through the labor of its farmers, shopkeepers, and tradesmen. Both of
these Proclamations included something else as well: a recognition of our
shortcomings and transgressions and our dependence, in total and in every
particular, on the forgiveness and forbearance of the Almighty.

Today, cognizant of our American heritage of freedom and opportunity, we are
again called to gratitude, thanksgiving, and contrition. Thanksgiving Day
summons every American to pause in the midst of activity, however necessary and
valuable, to give simple and humble thanks to God. This gracious gratitude is
the &quot;service&quot; of which Washington spoke. It is a service that opens our hearts
to one another as members of a single family gathered around the bounteous table
of Godís Creation. The images of the Thanksgiving celebrations at Americaís
earliest settlement - of Pilgrim and Iroquois Confederacy assembled in festive
friendship - resonate with even greater power in our own day. People from every
race, culture, and creed on the face of the Earth now inhabit this land. Their
presence illuminates the basic yearning for freedom, peace, and prosperity that
has always been the spirit of the New World.

In this year when we as a people enjoy the fruits of economic growth and
international cooperation, let us take time both to remember the sacrifices that
have made this harvest possible and the needs of those who do not fully partake
of its benefits. The wonder of our agricultural abundance must be recalled as
the work of farmer who, under the best and worst of conditions, give their all
to raise food upon the land. The gratitude that fills our being must be tempered
with compassion for the needy. The blessings that are ours must be understood as
the gift of a loving God Whose greatest gift is healing. Let us join then, with
the psalmist of old:
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<font face="Times New Roman">O give thanks to the Lord, call on His
name, Make known His deeds among the peoples!

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him, Tell of all His wonderful works!

Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord
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<p align="left"><font face="Times New Roman">NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN,
President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November
24, 1988, as a National Day of thanksgiving, and I call upon the citizens of
this great Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship on that day
of thanks to affirm by their prayers and their gratitude the many blessings God
has bestowed upon us.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of August, in
the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and thirteenth.

<font color="#800000">RONALD REAGAN</font></font>
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