Pilgrims, Washington, Lincoln, and gratitude…

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 by in Letters

In 1863 in the midst of a Civil War even more vicious than that in which we are now involved Lincoln formalized Thanksgiving as a national holiday.  He was institutionalizing the holiday proclaimed by Washington, and before him by the Pilgrims.  The Pilgrims were giving thanks for being alive.  Lincoln was giving thanks for the nation's being alive.  Washington with his unerring instinct for the right thing was giving thanks for the birth of the nation.

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