The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields 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 cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God...
Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1863
A small reminder of an important year in the history of our Union over HERE and of those who fought to preserve it. (HT: The Blog)
With gratitude for the sacrifices of those then and now who preserved and continue to defend our Union....a Union that has blessed so many here and abroad.
Update: Here's some context for and the complete text of Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Proclamation. Of note: "The first observance of the national holiday came one week after the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg."
You can read President Obama's Proclamation for Thanksgiving Day 2009 here.
For me, this still captures my feelings on the day.