Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. To put a little perspective on this holiday read, One Marine's View. And to all the men and women in uniform that can't be home, please know that you are in my prayers. Stay safe and God bless.
A Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer
"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor-- and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint committee requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially in a form of government for their safety and happiness.
"Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday...to be devoted by the people of these states to the service of that great and glorious Being Who is the beneficent Author of all that was, that is, or that will be--that we may then all unite in rendering Him our sincere and humble thanks...
"And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions...to render our national Government a blessing to the people...to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations...and to bless them with good government, peace and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true knowledge and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of prosperity as He alone knows to be best..."
--President George Washington, 1798 Courtesy of Bible.com
-President George W. Bush prays with troops before sharing Thanksgiving dinner at Fort Campbell, KY, November 2001.
"As the Pilgrims did almost four centuries ago, we gratefully give thanks for the beauty, abundance, and opportunity this great land offers. We also thank God for the blessings of freedom and prosperity; and, with gratitude and humility, we acknowledge the importance of faith in our lives.
Throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, let us renew our commitment to make our country and our world better...This Thanksgiving, we recognize the ties of friendship and respect that bind us together. And we renew our pledge to uphold the timeless principles of freedom, equality, and opportunity that have made our country into a great Nation. By working together, we will continue to build mutual trust, peace, and hope for all across this land and around the world." --
--President George W. Bush Courtesy of Bible.com
I'll see ya Sunday!
Update 11/24/05: Go visit Daisy Cutter. Hat Tip to the great Nickie Goomba. Stop by and say hi to Rob and Chrys. My drinking pal, Joshua has done a round up of several blogs. Special thanks to my girl Wonder Woman, and my sexy Italian pals Otimaster and Robinik.
If you have time, stop by and see some of our mil bloggers. Let them know we support them.
OK... Now for the toughest decision I have to make today... picking out the perfect outfit... you know... one with just the right amount of elastic in the waist....
See ya Sunday! (unless something strikes my fancy before then) Oh and don't forget... be nice and spread some Christmas cheer if you decide to go shopping tomorrow... !!!
Courtesy of Norman Rockwell Museum