When Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday, he closed his proclamation with these words.
It seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise for our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.
President Lincoln set the proper course for the observance of Thanksgiving. It’s now up to us to follow it.
By Wendell Harris