FDR’s 1933 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

As America struggles with the current recession I thought it appropriate to take a minute and share the Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of president FDR in the depths of the great depression in our land.

While many continue to take issue with the outcome of the election, be it ballot measures or the president elect, we all need to take a few minutes and recognize the men and women of our armed forces whose service makes it possible for us to engage in the freedom we each enjoy. Regardless of which party you may support, let me encourage each of us to say a prayer for all of them, and our nations leaders, as we celebrate another day of Thanksgiving and freedom in the USA.

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1933 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

Thanksgiving Day- 1933

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do set aside and appoint Thursday, the thirtieth day of November 1933, to be a Day of Thanksgiving for all our people.

May we on that day in our churches and in our homes give humble thanks for the blessings bestowed upon us during the year past by Almighty God.

May we recall the courage of those who settled a wilderness, the vision of those who founded the Nation, the steadfastness of those who in every succeeding generation have fought to keep pure the ideal of equality of opportunity and hold clear the goal of mutual help in time of prosperity as in time of adversity.

May we be grateful for the passing of dark days; for the new spirit of dependence one on another; for the closer unity of all parts of our wide land; for the greater friendship between employers and those who toil; for a clearer knowledge by all nations that we seek no conquests and ask only honorable engagements by all people to respect the lands and rights of their neighbors; for the brighter day to which we can win through by seeking the help of God in amore unselfish striving for the bettering of mankind.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this twenty-first day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and thirty-three and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and fifty-eighth.

Franklin D. Roosevelt.

By the President:

William Phillips,

Acting Secretary of State.


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