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LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

Lt. Governor Loren Leman
Juneau, AK
Nov. 24, 2004

I am thankful for many things, among them a family I love and a country I love that protects my freedom. Especially now, as we have troops deployed overseas, many from Alaska, I am thankful for those who train and serve to defend our country and the right of people to be free.

On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charleston, Massachusetts, instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 a day of thanksgiving--the first among the colonies.

More than a century later, our nation's first Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by President George Washington in 1789. In his proclamation, Washington said, "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor."

President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, with the 1863 proclamation that it was to be a day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the Heavens."

The date for Thanksgiving has moved through the years, but its purpose remains the same--a time to express gratefulness for our gifts of life, provision and freedom.

Carolyn and I wish you and your family a joyous Thanksgiving.

Loren Leman
Lieutenant Governor


Please share this report with interested friends and family. To subscribe or unsubscribe please visit the subscription page . If you have questions or comments please email me at Lt_Governor@gov.state.ak.us You can also reach me at (907) 465-3520 or 269-7460, or write to: Lieutenant Governor Loren Leman, PO Box 110015, Juneau, AK 99811-0015. Visit my web site: ltgov.state.ak.us.

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