Governor issues Thanksgiving proclamation

Created: 11/27/13 (Wed) | Topic: Events

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today issued a proclamation recognizing Thursday, November 28 as Thanksgiving Day in the state and encouraged North Dakotans to observe the day with thanks and praise for their many blessings.

“We are fortunate to live in this great state and nation, blessed with the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Dalrymple said. “We have so much to be proud of and thankful for in North Dakota, and it is important for us to give thanks for our rich heritage and abundant blessings. We also give thanks for our men and women in uniform and their families for the sacrifices they are making to protect our way of life, especially those who will spend this Thanksgiving without their loved ones.”

President George Washington first proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving on November 26, 1789 at the request of the first Federal Congress, which requested the observance of a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. In 1863, while America was engaged in the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln began the tradition of an annual Thanksgiving celebration, asking Americans to observe the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving and praise.

The Governor’s proclamation can be found at

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