Thanksgiving Day Proclamation 1946

Friday, November 25, AD 2016

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
At this season, when the year is drawing to a close, tradition suggests and our hearts require that we render humble devotion to Almighty God for the mercies bestowed upon us by His goodness.

Devoutly grateful to Divine Providence for the richness of our endowment and the many blessings received, may we continue to give a good account of our stewardship by utilizing our resources in the service of mankind. May we have the vision and courage to accept and discharge honorably the responsibilities inherent in our strength by consecrating ourselves to the attainment of a better world.

Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, in consonance with the joint resolution of Congress approved December 26, 1941, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 28, 1946, as a day of national thanksgiving; and I call upon the people of this Nation to observe that day by offering thanks to God for the bounties vouchsafed us, and by rededicating ourselves to the preservation of the “Blessings of Liberty” envisaged by our forefathers in the preamble to the Constitution.

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

Done at the City of Washington this 28th day of October in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-six and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-first.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, AD 2016


Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers, commenters and contributors of TAC!  I have an endless amount to thank God for, but I will limit myself to my bride of 34 years and counting, my two kids home with us for Thanksgiving Break, the fact that we are all in good health and that we are free men and women in a free land.  Please leave what you are thankful for in the comboxes.

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  • That the Supreme Court choices of the near future are safe from Hillary Clinton. Yes…yes…yes. That the orchestrated Democratic push by the nytimes and cnn and celebrities and the View failed miserably. That Trump is resetting expectations to the less extreme…though he better stop that tendency prior to becoming Hillary Clinton…himself.
    That stocks are rocking…perhaps til April. That interest on the 30 year bond is ascendant and now over 3%….at 6% I might bail on stocks and switch to 30’s because the world is getting too many black swans. That God is using this Pope to remind Catholics that infallibility is rarer than thought… which they should have known by the death penalty hustle of his two predecessors….which Francis of course hyperbolized even further.

  • I’m very grateful for our family.
    My wife Mary Kathleen is a blessing that words alone cannot fully express. She is a natural wonder of the universe. My faith. A gift that comes directly from God is truly amazing, and I’m forever indebted to His kindnesses and Mercy.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
    Peace to your households.

  • For the first time since last Christmas, I had all of my family back home last night including my son at the Air Force Academy. We went to see Hacksaw Ridge. If Thanksgiving itself doesn’t make you thankful, watching the movie with loved ones surely will. It was amazing, and an incredible witness to the power of God in each of our lives. I couldn’t be more grateful to those who deny themselves for the benefit of others, whether in the armed forces or not. We are truly blessed in this still great nation of ours. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Gratitude for the fact that there have existed Roman Catholic clergy ( ex. Sheen above ) who actually subscribed to the Church teaching that patriotism ( love of country ) is a true virtue and not a politically incorrect mortal sin.

  • I am most grateful that our Blessed Lord and Savior got me sober from heroin, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol some 30 years ago, and in spite of all my efforts to the contrary over the last three decades He has kept me sober. All other things in my life – wife, children, job, house, car – flow from that one act of mercy on May 16th, 1986 (the date of my last drink and drug). Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, Blessed Mother Mary.

  • Tonight, I am grateful for family and friends (living and deceased) and for my sons.
    And, grateful that (God bless him and his) Mac has the courage and wits to do the great work he does here.
    Every night I am thankful that God Almighty’s only begotten Son by His life, death, and Resurrection purchased for us the rewards of eternal life.
    I am grateful that my President is Christ Jesus and no man (not so sure about woman) can move me.
    Finally, (Praise the Lord!) at the Thanksgiving dinner table no one that voted for Crooked Hillary was present.

  • Thanks Donald for all you do to defend the Catholic faith, our Constitution in a way that is both helpful, wise and always with the right touch of humor.

    May you and your family enjoy many more Thanksgivings and the Blessings of God.

  • My family of course, I have everyone close by.
    The ability to attend Mass with a smart, kind and compassionate Priest.
    I read so many stories of my brothers and sisters around the world denied this precious gift.
    I need to keep all things in perspective.
    Many ,many thankfuls.

  • For God, Family and Country.

  • Happy Thanksgiving. We, too, have much to be thankful for.

The Pilgrims and Socialism

Thursday, November 24, AD 2016

From  Of Plymouth Plantation, by Governor William Bradford:

All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expect any. So they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery. At length, after much debate of things, the Governor (with the advice of the chiefest amongst them) gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves; in all other things to go on in the general way as before. And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.

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  • I’ve always found that argument extremely weak. I heard Limbaugh retelling the same tale on Wednesday. He made one statement, during his ‘story’, about how their initial ‘socialist’ model left those with the talents and abilities without motivation to work hard. Now, maybe it’s me, but I think they had plenty of motivation, called survival. With so many who would die, and knowing their plight, they had a motivation beyond any conceivable economic theory. Their problem was that they didn’t know how to survive in a radically different environment than they were used to. Their plans had gone wrong, they landed where they weren’t planning, they came late in the season with harsh weather and no clear knowledge of how to survive. That they survived at all was a miracle. That they happened into an area where different native tribes would be willing to consider new allies in their own struggles, helped. But trying to make this a Capitalist/Socialist morality play is, to me, along the same lines as making it all about imperialist invaders and beautiful and noble natives who only want to give peace a chance.

  • Socialism has a poor economic record Dave. The Pilgrim example is just one page of a very long book. I also think that William Bradford, who was there, has a better insight into what happened than either of us. I do agree that the Pilgrims were quite ill-prepared to be successful settlers beyond the common ownership system they initially saddled themselves with.

    Jamestown had a similar experience, but there the problem was crony capitalism with all profits and land owned by the Virginia Company. The colony flourished once a private property system for the colonists was instituted

  • Socialism does have a poor record, but I don’t think we can equate the trials that the pilgrims experienced as the result. Like I said, when I heard Limbaugh say that the problem they encountered that first year was a lack of motivation, I had to think that survival was likely a good motivator. And it was. Their plight was rather the result of poor planning and a series of circumstances that dropped them into an area for which they were not prepared. Again, this does not in any way mean Socialism is good, it’s just I don’t think this is one of the better examples, especially when pointing to their first winter.

  • Dave, if survival is a proper motivator (and hey, I won’t knock it), then the question becomes: how did anyone starve ye ‘olde Communist countries?

    Probably for the same reason people don’t lose weight nowadays even though doing so would be in the interest of their survival. Because growing crops (likes exercise) means being more concerned about the survival far down the road, whereas we have right now. And I don’t wanna.

    That’s always the catch. By the time survival happens and suddenly the people are motivated to grow, it’s a bit too late for the crops to come.

  • The motivation issue here quoted from Bradford has some sameness with issues in
    Obamacare (young healthy people not signing on) and other shared responsibility schemes including Social Security (being used for current needs) etc

    ” For the young men, that were most able and fit for labour and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense. The strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labours and victuals, clothes, etc., with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignity and disrespect unto them. “

Johnny Cash: Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, AD 2016

A reminder from the late, great Johnny Cash that we all have so much to thank God for when we sit down with our families this Thursday.  Perhaps we should also recall these words from Theodore Roosevelt in his final Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1908:


For the very reason that in material well-being we have thus abounded, we owe it to the Almighty to show equal progress in moral and spiritual things. With a nation, as with the individuals who make up a nation, material well-being is an indispensable foundation. But the foundation avails nothing by itself. That life is wasted, and worse than wasted, which is spent in piling, heap upon heap, those things which minister merely to the pleasure of the body and to the power that rests only on wealth. Upon material well-being as a foundation must be raised the structure of the lofty life of the spirit, if this Nation is properly to fulfil its great mission and to accomplish all that we so ardently hope and desire. The things of the body are good; the things of the intellect better; the best of all are the things of the soul; for, in the nation as in the individual, in the long run it is character that counts. Let us, therefore, as a people set our faces resolutely against evil, and with broad charity, with kindliness and good-will toward all men, but with unflinching determination to smite down wrong, strive with all the strength that is given us for righteousness in public and in private life.

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  • I’m thankful for a load: Number Two son to be wed 3 December; Number Three son to be wed 29 July 2017; Number One son has another child coming April 2017; we have our health; most importantly we have our Savior, Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for the God-given grace to be not afflicted by whomever occupies the White House. “Put not your trust in princes.”
    “Who’s got it better than us? Nobody!”
    When (now rarely) I hear a Johnny Cash sing what comes to mind is Sunday mornings strolling in pain through a hot southern town after a long drinking bout. Ouch.

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Tad and the Turkey

Tuesday, November 22, AD 2016

Turkey Pardon

Stories cluster about Lincoln like barnacles on a great ship. Many of them cannot be sourced at all and have to be consigned to legend. One such story that is probably just a legend is that of Tad and the Turkey. The White House in 1863 received the gift of a live turkey that was to be fattened up for an eventual White House dinner. Tad grew fond of the bird, named him Jack and eventually begged his father for the Turkey’s life. Lincoln was reluctant at first, noting that the Turkey had been given as a gift for the table and not as a pet. Tad’s pleas however eventually caused Lincoln to give the Turkey a presidential pardon.

Like all good legends this story has the participants behaving in character: Tad always did have a menagerie of pets in the White House, and Lincoln was soft-hearted about animals and was a fairly indulgent father. A sequel to the story had Jack the Turkey stepping to the front of a line of soldiers waiting to vote at a polling place set up at a White House. Then Lincoln is supposed to have inquired of his son if Jack was going to vote. Tad solemnly responded that Jack could not vote due to his being too young.

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Bob Hope on Thanksgiving: 1950

Friday, November 27, AD 2015


Bob Hope spent many holidays away from his home entertaining the troops, and in this 1950 Thanksgiving message he reminds us of those who stand guard over our nation and often eat their Thanksgiving turkey far from home as a result.  God bless and keep them and their families.

Hope had already been to Korea to entertain the troops, even beating the Marines ashore at Wonsan on the east coast of North Korea!  He would be back to entertain the troops again, continuing his tradition of service that would stretch a half century from World War II to Desert Storm.  Hope was a comedic genius, in his prime perhaps the greatest American stand up comedian.  However, what I remember him for is the true patriotism that caused him, whether a war was popular or unpopular, to endure discomfort and danger to bring a smile to Americans far from home serving their country.  He was born in England, but he might as well have been born in the heart of America on the Fourth of July.

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  • “They were men.” Compare them to many of the current occupants of political office in Washington. That bunch never got their hands dirty their entire lives.
    As were the first Catholic missionaries to the present day United States. They were men.
    Compare them to the likes of certain Bishops.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy your families and a day off from work (if you can).

General Wainwright’s Thanksgiving Prayer

Wednesday, November 25, AD 2015

After General Douglas MacArthur, over his fiery objections, was ordered to leave Bataan during the Japanese conquest of the Philippines, Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright was left in command, putting up a heroic fight until forced to surrender his starving, diseased ridden force.  Wainwright was the only American general to be captured by the Japanese and he endured the hell on earth that was Japanese prison camps, where some 37% of Allied prisoners died of starvation and the brutality of their captors.  Wainwright insisted on sharing the privation of his men, and risked his life many times to intervene on behalf of his fellow prisoners with their captors.

After he was liberated, he was a walking skeleton.  Douglas MacArthur gave him the signal honor  of featuring prominently in the surrender ceremony by which Imperial Japan capitulated.

After he returned home he was promoted to four star rank and retired to a successful business career.  He received the Medal of Honor as a tribute to the heroic leadership he displayed during the battle for Bataan.  In the fall of 1945 he wrote the following Thanksgiving Prayer:

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  • His decision to surrender Bataan(including Corregidor) had to be one of the most difficult ever. The Japanese were furious that he didn’t have a sword to surrender–their customary evidence of the process. His being on the “Big Mo” as the Japanese surrender in defeat had to be a bittersweet experience.

  • Among all the many things I have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving is
    that my country has had men like General Wainwright in its service. We
    are only free and prosperous today because of the service of men like him.
    “Lord of Hosts, be with us yet, lest we forget!”, indeed.

  • As usual, Don McClarey, well done, exceedingly well done.

    Reading your blog is like listening once again, fascinated, to my inordinately well-read late father (the highest compliment I can pay one), a veteran of the Pacific Theater in WWII, and a huge MacArthur and Wainwright fan, and his voluminous knowledge of the Paul Harvey hidden “rest of the story”, for the insight, depth, and ever-timeliness of your “historic” observations. Though often trenchant, your observations are inevitably uplifting.

    Happy Thanksgiving, and “food for Thanksgiving thought.”

  • I sometimes wonder, if MacArthur had had his way and allowed himself to be captured by the Imperial Japanese Forces, if that would have been their worst nightmare. His sheer power of intellect, force of character, and indomitable determination would have been the end of them, far earlier than 1945.

  • I’ve read that Wainwright was worried he might undergo a court martial for surrendering at Corregidor. That would have been a monstrous injustice–he deserved the ticker-tape parade he received.

  • He was shocked after his release from captivity to learn that he was regarded as a hero. He thought he would be damned forever in the minds of the American people for having surrendered, not realizing that most Americans understood the impossible situation he was faced with.

  • It is because of posts like these that make Mr. McClarey’s blog one of the best Catholic blogs out there. Mr. McClarey has a knack for finding relevant information that a lot of others lack.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Mr. McClarey. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts here and continue being the rock that weathers the storms, especially the current hurricane eminating from Vatican City.

  • I’d blush PF if a third of a century in the law mines had not drained that emotional reaction out of me. I do appreciate your very kind words, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  • ditto’s from here Penguin fan and Steve P. – a most exceptional blog place.

    a tip of the hat to you Don Mc C

  • Thanks Don for being a part of our 1st, inaugural, Thanksgiving Prayer service at Bay Ridge. We used two of your posts. The Red Skelton Pledge of Allegiance and General Wainwright’s prayer. Also included; Tobit12:6
    1st Thessalonians 5:18. Philippians 4:6. and Psalm 106:1

    We ended it with the hymn Let All Things Now Living.

    Your contribution was deeply appreciated.

Ben Franklin and the Turkey

Wednesday, November 25, AD 2015

After the American Revolution, former American officers in that struggle created a fraternal organization called the Society of Cinncinatus, named after the Roman consul and dictator, a constitutional office of the Roman Republic in emergencies, who saved Rome through his efforts in the fifth century BC and then retired to his humble farm.  The Society selected as its symbol a bald eagle.  In a letter to his daughter Sally Bache on January 26, 1784, no doubt with his tongue placed firmly in his cheek, Dr. Franklin indicated that he thought another bird would have been a better choice.

Others object to the Bald Eagle, as looking too much like a Dindon, or Turkey. For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perch’d on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him. With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping and Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country, tho’ exactly fit for that Order of Knights which the French call Chevaliers d’Industrie. I am on this account not displeas’d that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America. Eagles have been found in all Countries, but the Turkey was peculiar to ours, the first of the Species seen in Europe being brought to France by the Jesuits from Canada, and serv’d up at the Wedding Table of Charles the ninth. He is besides, tho’ a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.

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  • While he is a dastard by nature, the bald eagle is far more photogenic (see paintings of him clutching arrows, etc.) than the wild turkey. And, the brave, warlike eagle myths endure.
    Unlike the bald eagle, the wild turkey is hugely intelligent and prospers without stealing from, or assistance from, anything or anybody. Ask any turkey hunter about the big bird’s intelligence. The domestic turkey, that we eat, not so smart: rumor has it that they need to be taught how to drink water.
    Tomorrow, offer up praise and gratitude to God. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • There is an old rhyme (quoted by Rudyard Kipling in Puck of Pook’s Hill)
    “Turkeys, heresy, hops and beer
    Came into England, all in one year.”
    The year is 1524, of which St Thomas More remarked, “Heresy and beer came hopping into England that same year.” The pun is based on the fact that beer (as opposed to ale) was flavoured with hops.
    Now there is a Scottish rhyme
    “On St Thomas the Divine
    Kill all turkeys, geese and swine.”
    It must predate the Reformation of 1569, when saints’ days and the keeping of Yule (as Christmas was called here) were both abolished. The St Thomas referred to is the Apostle, whose feast falls on 21 December. Our ancestors obviously did not believe in hanging their poultry.

  • It was surprising for me to learn that the selection of the American bald eagle as the nation’s symbol came as a result of its choice as the symbol of the Society of Cinncinatus.
    That society, incidentally the nation’s oldest patriotic organization, is open only to American AND French descendants of participants in the Revolutionary War ; it was an omission for the author of this article not to have mentioned that the “…former American officers in that struggle created a fraternal organization called the Society of Cinncinatus …” WITH THEIR FRENCH ALLIES WHO WERE ALSO FORMER OFFICERS IN THAT STRUGGLE ! [From the society’s website : “…Hereditary members of the Society of the Cincinnati are qualified male descendants of commissioned officers who served in the Continental Army or Navy and their French counterparts…”]

    Incidentally, President George Washington, when the Continental Armies (and their French allies) had defeated the British, and again when his terms in office as President of the United States were completed, retired to his farm in Virginia to lead the life of a gentleman farmer. Even in his lifetime, there had been comparisons between George Washington and the legendary Cincinnatus, as for example in Lord Byron’s “Ode to Napoleon” – in which Washington is referred to as “the Cincinnatus of the West”.

Red Skelton: Thanksgiving 1952

Tuesday, November 24, AD 2015

A Thanksgiving thought in 1952 from master comedian Red Skelton.  Born into deep poverty, his father dying two months before his birth, he went to work at the age of 7 to help his family.  Life dealt Skelton some tough cards at the beginning of his life, and the worst thing that could happen to any parent, the death of a child, lay in his future.  Yet throughout his life Skelton retained a deep faith in God and an abiding love for his country.  He approached life with optimism and a thankful heart, a good message for any Thanksgiving.  Below is his classic Pledge of Allegiance skit.

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  • I remember him from my youth. He was a class act. Those days are long gone. Glad I experienced some of those days.

  • If ever there was an entertainer that possessed humility it was Red. Call it authentic. He served God first. You Mr. McCleary do a service to all of us, by reminding us what ALL of us are capable of…namely serving God by loving neighbor.
    Red Skelton is alive today and tomorrow… thank goodness. Thanks for the memories.

  • McClarey…geesh. (McCleary)
    At least I’m consistent. 🙂

  • I remember him well, our favorite comedian in the 1950’s. His routines and his jokes stand clearly in my memory. “Did you hear about the poor snake?” He didn’t have a pit to hiss in” was about as risque as he ever got. It is a memory of a kind person who played the happy clown, in spite personal sorrows that might make others bitter, humorless, sarcastic and sour. Such can only be the working of Grace offered and accepted.

  • William P Walsh.

    Freddie the Freeloader was one of his top characters. The hobo type, but always squeezing in dignity. He did not abuse his persona, but tried to show a compassionate heart from the pits of poverty. Example; A Christmas special he had with Greer Garson as his guest star. In the skit he needs a stage to for his hobo friends to put on a show for the orphanage. He asks Greer for use of her theatre which of course she agrees and the band plays on.

    He was deeper than the facade as many comics of his era were as well.

    Good man. Great American!

December 7, 1865: Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, AD 2015



Andrew Johnson kept up the precedent of his predecessor in making a Thanksgiving Proclamation.  However for some reason he set the date on December 7, the only time Thanksgiving has been celebrated on that date.  His other Thanksgiving Proclamations were for the last Thursday in November and the tradition held until the Great Depression when FDR altered it to the fourth Thursday in November.  If Johnson had established a new tradition in 1865, then seventy-six years later Americans would have had another reason to be enraged by the Japanese sneak attack.  Here is the text of the Proclamation:

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  • “And I do further recommend that on that occasion the whole people make confession of our national sins against His infinite goodness, and with one heart and one mind implore the divine guidance in the ways of national virtue and holiness.”
    We need our current President to say the same.

  • Scenes from the trenches.

    I have been written up twice by my liberal co-workers, for asking our residents to bow their heads for a Thanksgiving meal prayer.
    The management has given me two written notices of warning to dismiss, if I do not stop this practice. The family’s that pay good money to keep their parents living here have stood by my convictions to the point of writing letters to allow a communal pray be given at the beginning of only one dinner per year…thanksgiving day prayer.

    The management team countered with a rule to gather prior to entering the dining room for those who wish to give thanks to God on Thanksgiving Day. Unreal huh!

    The two homosexual’s that complained were gitty that I was reprimanded for my offerings of Prayer.

    Happy turkey day for the homosexuals, as for God fearing men and women.. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Turkey in the Straw

Saturday, November 21, AD 2015

Something for the weekend.  Turkey in the Straw seems appropriate for the weekend before Thanksgiving.  The spirited rendition above is by the Skillet Lickers, a Georgia band of the twenties and thirties of the last century. Part time musicians, they made up in enthusiasm and faithfulness to the traditional music they played, what they may have lacked in technical skill.

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  • Can you only email articles to one recipient at a time?
    Seems so unless I’m missing something. Tried separating with commas as usual, or with a space between, to no avail. Window pops up: ‘recipient email invalid’, even though they could be sent one-by-one.
    I love this website and like to send articles individually, not just link to the entire website.
    Any tips?

1944 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Friday, November 28, AD 2014


Thanksgiving 1944 saw Americans fighting around the globe, with their families back home praying for their safety.  FDR recognized this with his 1944 Thanksgiving Proclamation:

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation


In this year of liberation, which has seen so many millions freed from tyrannical rule, it is fitting that we give thanks with special fervor to our Heavenly Father for the mercies we have received individually and as a nation and for the blessings He has restored, through the victories of our arms and those of our allies, to His children in other lands.

For the preservation of our way of life from the threat of destruction; for the unity of spirit which has kept our Nation strong; for our abiding faith in freedom; and for the promise of an enduring peace, we should lift up our hearts in thanksgiving.

For the harvest that has sustained us and, in its fullness, brought succor to other peoples; for the bounty of our soil, which has produced the sinews of war for the protection of our liberties; and for a multitude of private blessings, known only in our hearts, we should give united thanks to God.

To the end that we may bear more earnest witness to our gratitude to Almighty God, I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures during the period from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas. Let every man of every creed go to his own version of the Scriptures for a renewed and strengthening contact with those eternal truths and majestic principles which have inspired such measure of true greatness as this nation has achieved.

Now, Therefore, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, in consonance with the joint resolution of the Congress approved December 26, 1941, do hereby proclaim Thursday the twenty-third day of November 1944 a day of national thanksgiving; and I call upon the people of the United States to observe it by bending every effort to hasten the day of final victory and by offering to God our devout gratitude for His goodness to us and to our fellow men.

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

DONE at the City of Washington this first day of November in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-four and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-ninth.




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Thanksgiving for the Troops

Thursday, November 27, AD 2014

5And when he had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him, 6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grieviously tormented. 7And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. 8And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. 9For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10And Jesus hearing this, marvelled; and said to them that followed him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel. 11And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: 12But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13And Jesus said to the centurion: Go, and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour.

Matthew 8: 5-13





The American Catholic extends our heartfelt thanks to members of our military who are spending Thanksgiving far from home.  It is our prayer that you have a joyous day and that you return safely to your family and friends.

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