Our Revolutionary War Generation’s Thanksgivings —
Politics aside Thanksgiving remained a solid religious occasion for our Founders
Over the years, Thanksgiving proclamations have demonstrated a consistent theme as they were first issued by our Revolutionary War generation. They all believed God was active in the world and intervened in the affairs of men, particularly those of the colonies during our war with England. Thus, Thanksgiving was a day for the nation to celebrate our national blessings, and not just for the blessings received as individual citizens. While Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation established Thanksgiving as the national holiday, our Revolutionary War Patriots had already created the occasion we celebrate today, 85 years before Lincoln’s historic proclamation, and 157 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
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*Editorial courtesy of Samuel Preston Adams III, President
Saramana Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, Sarasota, Florida