By Rep. Mike Sanders
When many people think of the nation’s first Thanksgiving, they often envision the Pilgrims sitting down with a group of First Americans sharing a harvest dinner.
I want to harken to the Thanksgiving Day called to observance by President George Washington in 1789, the same year the government of the United States of America began under the newly ratified Constitution.
President Washington issued a proclamation declaring an official holiday of “sincere and humble thanks” to be observed in November of that year to honor the new Constitution.
According to the George Washington Mount Vernon Society, “Washington declared that the necessity for such a day sprung from the Almighty’s care of Americans prior to the Revolution, assistance to them in achieving independence, and help in establishing the constitutional government.”
The items spelled out in Washington’s proclamation are things for which I still am thankful – the Almighty’s care and protection, His help in establishing and helping us maintain our liberty, and the opportunity to peaceably establish a constitutional system of government for our safety and happiness.
I may not always agree with our government, but I can honestly say I’m grateful for the foundation laid so carefully by our nation’s founding fathers and the Constitution that allows us to this day to continue to live in tranquility and freedom.
I’m grateful as well for my family – my wife Nellie and our boys. I’m very blessed.
I’m grateful for the district in which we live, for the people who enrich our lives in so many ways. I will continue to serve you to the very best of my ability.
On Thanksgiving as every day, I offer grateful prayers for our military – our service men and women who protect us both at home and abroad; for our law enforcement officers and our first responders; for our teachers and other civil servants who keep our many community services running. I’m thankful for the many business owners who choose to call House District 59 home.
As you go about your busy lives, I hope you too will take a moment to express your gratitude towards others and in the words of Washington, “Acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, obey His will, be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor.”