Not so long ago our country faced peril and adversity in a civil war as her child fought to unite themselves under one flag and to rebuild this great Republic. President Lincoln paused to give thanks, to set aside a day to reflect upon and take value in all we hold dear.
As we set off from this place, as did those brave soldiers once did, let's take with us these words: "I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens... to set apart... a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens." and find comfort in them and in each other.
For as we again are called to defend ourselves, our families, and our country from her enemies; we do not stand alone. We stand united in spirit and cause and give thanks for all that has been defended with our dearest blood and to preserve the preciousness gift of freedom that was given.
On this day of all days, we give thanks, not only for the bounty at our table, but for brave soldiers, our United Republic, and for the blessings of God. Better stated in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God."