November 21, 2012

Eagle editorial: Filled with blessings

The release this month of Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln” has put the spotlight back on our nation’s 16th president. The film focuses primarily on the last few months of President Lincoln’s life, when he pushed through Congress the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery. Lincoln is also responsible for helping establish a specific national day of Thanksgiving. States used to celebrate Thanksgiving on different days. But at the urging of Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, President Lincoln set apart the last Thursday of November as a national “day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” (In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the day of celebration to the fourth Thursday in November, for those years, such as this one, when there are five Thursdays in November.) Even in the midst of the Civil War, Lincoln realized that our nation had much to be thankful for – as is also the case today. Here is Lincoln’s presidential proclamation, dated Oct. 3, 1863:

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