At an “undisclosed location,” US Air Force Chief of Chaplains (MGen) Dondi Costin led an interfaith Thanksgiving service noting, as he often does, the religious freedom that protects the rights of US troops to exercise their faiths [emphasis added]:
“The very first amendment [in the Bill of Rights] is that every American has the right to freely exercise their faith,” said Maj. Gen. Dondi Costin, Air Force Chief of Chaplains. “From the [beginning] our founding fathers understood that part of being American is allowing everybody to live in the way that their God would have them to live.”
Sounds like something that needs to be relearned in Read more
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.
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“By the President of the United States of America
“Perhaps no custom reveals our character as a Nation so clearly as our celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Rooted deeply in our Judeo-Christian heritage, the practice of offering thanksgiving underscores our unshakeable belief in God as the foundation of our Nation and our firm reliance upon Him from Whom all blessings flow. Both as individuals and as a people, we join with the Psalmist in song and praise: “Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good.’
“One of the most inspiring portrayals of American history is that of George Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge. That moving image personifies and testifies to our Founders’ dependence upon Divine Providence during the darkest hours of our Revolutionary struggle. It was then — when our mettle as a Nation was tested most severely — that the Sovereign and Judge of nations heard our plea and came to our assistance in the form of aid from France. Thereupon General Washington immediately called for a special day of thanksgiving among his troops.
“Eleven years later, President Washington, at the request of the Congress, first proclaimed November 26, 1789, as Thanksgiving Day. In his Read more
A few websites are highlighting the fact that Hanukkah aligns with the American Thanksgiving this year:
It last happened in 1888 and, according to one calculation, won’t happen again for another 77,798 years: the convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.
This year, Nov. 28 is Thanksgiving and the first full day of the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, which begins at sundown the previous night.
Jews in Green even provided some coloring pages for military kids that mixes the holiday references.
It will be interesting to see how this is treated during Read more
President Obama’s decision to avoid the word “God” in his weekly address “On Thanksgiving” has raised the ire of critics who say Thanksgiving was intended for that very purpose: thanking God.
For the record, President Obama did reference God in the annual Presidential Proclamation of Thanksgiving, though he did so only once in the first person: Read more
In the United States of America, we have an abundance of things for which to be thankful. We enjoy the practice of our human liberties to a degree unparalleled in the world. We rest in the security provided by the world’s best military. Despite vast ideological differences, we continue a tradition of peaceful debate and peaceful transitions of power.
Remember those who have sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice, to protect those sacred trusts for which we are so grateful. Thank God for our freedoms, our nation, and the troops who protect it–even as they celebrate while separated from their families back home.
Have a joyous and enjoyable Thanksgiving.
Read the message from the Secretary of Defense.