U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today issued the following Thanksgiving message:
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday with roots that go deep into our culture and our history.
It was 224 years ago that our first president, George Washington, proclaimed “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.”
But we Americans have been giving thanks for far longer than that. This holiday has roots early in the 17th century, when people on this continent came together to express their gratitude for the abundance that has blessed our great nation.