Thanksgiving Day, 2014, 71621-71622 [2014-28494]

Download as PDF Thanksgiving Day, 2014 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Thanksgiving Day invites us to reflect on the blessings we enjoy and the freedoms we cherish. As we gather with family and friends to take part in this uniquely American celebration, we give thanks for the extraordinary opportunities we have in a Nation of limitless possibilities, and we pay tribute to all those who defend our Union as members of our Armed Forces. This holiday reminds us to show compassion and concern for people we have never met and deep gratitude toward those who have sacrificed to help build the most prosperous Nation on earth. These traditions honor the rich history of our country and hold us together as one American family, no matter who we are or where we come from. Nearly 400 years ago, a group of Pilgrims left their homeland and sailed across an ocean in pursuit of liberty and prosperity. With the friendship and kindness of the Wampanoag people, they learned to harvest the rich bounty of a new world. Together, they shared a successful crop, celebrating bonds of community during a time of great hardship. Through times of war and of peace, the example of a Native tribe who extended a hand to a new people has endured. During the American Revolution and the Civil War, days of thanksgiving drew Americans together in prayer and in the spirit that guides us to better days, and in each year since, our Nation has paused to show our gratitude for our families, communities, and country. With God’s grace, this holiday season we carry forward the legacy of our forebears. In the company of our loved ones, we give thanks for the people we care about and the joy we share, and we remember those who are less fortunate. At shelters and soup kitchens, Americans give meaning to the simple truth that binds us together: we are our brother’s and our sister’s keepers. We remember how a determined people set out for a better world—how through faith and the charity of others, they forged a new life built on freedom and opportunity. The spirit of Thanksgiving is universal. It is found in small moments between strangers, reunions shared with friends and loved ones, and in quiet prayers for others. Within the heart of America’s promise burns the inextinguishable belief that together we can advance our common prosperity— that we can build a more hopeful, more just, and more unified Nation. This Thanksgiving, let us recall the values that unite our diverse country, and let us resolve to strengthen these lasting ties. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 27, 2014, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to join together—whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors—and give thanks for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 232 (Wednesday, December 3, 2014)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 71621-71622]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-28494]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 232 / Wednesday, December 3, 2014 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 9214 of November 26, 2014

                
Thanksgiving Day, 2014

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Thanksgiving Day invites us to reflect on the blessings 
                we enjoy and the freedoms we cherish. As we gather with 
                family and friends to take part in this uniquely 
                American celebration, we give thanks for the 
                extraordinary opportunities we have in a Nation of 
                limitless possibilities, and we pay tribute to all 
                those who defend our Union as members of our Armed 
                Forces. This holiday reminds us to show compassion and 
                concern for people we have never met and deep gratitude 
                toward those who have sacrificed to help build the most 
                prosperous Nation on earth. These traditions honor the 
                rich history of our country and hold us together as one 
                American family, no matter who we are or where we come 
                from.

                Nearly 400 years ago, a group of Pilgrims left their 
                homeland and sailed across an ocean in pursuit of 
                liberty and prosperity. With the friendship and 
                kindness of the Wampanoag people, they learned to 
                harvest the rich bounty of a new world. Together, they 
                shared a successful crop, celebrating bonds of 
                community during a time of great hardship. Through 
                times of war and of peace, the example of a Native 
                tribe who extended a hand to a new people has endured. 
                During the American Revolution and the Civil War, days 
                of thanksgiving drew Americans together in prayer and 
                in the spirit that guides us to better days, and in 
                each year since, our Nation has paused to show our 
                gratitude for our families, communities, and country.

                With God's grace, this holiday season we carry forward 
                the legacy of our forebears. In the company of our 
                loved ones, we give thanks for the people we care about 
                and the joy we share, and we remember those who are 
                less fortunate. At shelters and soup kitchens, 
                Americans give meaning to the simple truth that binds 
                us together: we are our brother's and our sister's 
                keepers. We remember how a determined people set out 
                for a better world--how through faith and the charity 
                of others, they forged a new life built on freedom and 
                opportunity.

                The spirit of Thanksgiving is universal. It is found in 
                small moments between strangers, reunions shared with 
                friends and loved ones, and in quiet prayers for 
                others. Within the heart of America's promise burns the 
                inextinguishable belief that together we can advance 
                our common prosperity--that we can build a more 
                hopeful, more just, and more unified Nation. This 
                Thanksgiving, let us recall the values that unite our 
                diverse country, and let us resolve to strengthen these 
                lasting ties.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 
                27, 2014, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I 
                encourage the people of the United States to join 
                together--whether in our homes, places of worship, 
                community centers, or any place of fellowship for 
                friends and neighbors--and give thanks for all we have 
                received in the past year, express appreciation to 
                those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty 
                with others.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-sixth day of November, in the year of our Lord 
                two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                ninth.
                
                
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