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Proclamation of Thanksgiving

This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the "day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival." She explained, "You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution."

Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale's request immediately, unlike several of his predecessors, who ignored her petitions altogether. In her letter to Lincoln she mentioned that she had been advocating a national thanksgiving date for 15 years as the editor of Godey's Lady's Book. George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789, exactly 74 years before Lincoln's.

The document below sets apart the last Thursday of November "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise." According to an April 1, 1864, letter from John Nicolay, one of President Lincoln's secretaries, this document was written by Secretary of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. On October 3, 1863, fellow Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary how he complimented Seward on his work. A year later the manuscript was sold to benefit Union troops.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards 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 cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

 

 

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The Greatest & Most Blessed Country In The World!!

 

 

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AUGUST 28, 2014

 

 

We just had Timothy Holling here [AKC Executive Field Agent] to do one of their AKC [American Kennel Club] periodic routine inspections of me as a Private Breeder of AKC Registered Golden Retriever Puppies & also of my Goldens & Kennel.  I received numerous personal compliments for my exceptional facilities, beautiful & well-mannered Goldens & thoroughness of everything I do here to raise healthy & well cared for Goldens & Golden Pups.  He issued me the highest possible scores for his Kennel Report in all areas of his thorough evaluation. We have enjoyed a great working relationship with AKC for over 30 years.  Tim is very familiar with me, with my Goldens & with my Kennel, as he has been the AKC Executive Field Agent for inspections of our area & did his first inspection here back in 2007.  Thank you AKC & Timothy Holling for all you do to ensure the high standards & quality of private breeding practices.

 

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PRAISE GOD!! I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO BE 13 YEARS - BREAST CANCER FREE!!!

 


 

[LAST YEARS PHOTOS SHOWN - 2012 -
COME JOIN US THIS YEAR FOR MORE CELEBRATION - 2013]

 

EVERY YEAR IN MAY WE CELEBRATE LIFE AT OUR WOODSTOCK, CT "RELAY FOR LIFE" -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN DO THE SAME!!!

 


 

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I am a 13 Year Breast Cancer survivor & am part of Team Ichthus for our American Cancer Society's Relay For Life - May 18TH & 19TH!

When I registered online, I was issued my own personal fundraising web page. It explains what Relay For Life is and why I chose to get involved. My web page also has my fundraising goal and how much money I’ve raised so far.

 

Please visit my page. While you’re there, why not make a donation to the American Cancer Society?

Your donation will help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays - and the amount you donate will count towards my fundraising goal. To learn more about how your money will be spent, visit www.cancer.org/research.

Thank you so much for your help!

 

 

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Join Care Net in 40 DAYS OF PRAYER to save unborn babies.

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RAISE YOUR HAND FOR LIFE!

Join Care Net in 40 DAYS OF PRAYER to save unborn babies.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” –Proverbs 31:8

40 Days of Prayer: 38 days left to pray!

Every prayer can help save an unborn child’s life.


Dear Gail,

Thank you for RAISING YOUR HAND FOR LIFE by praying today’s important prayer:

Pray for Christian believers to be gentle and faithful friends, speaking the truth in love when a woman they know at school or work shares the news of an unexpected pregnancy.

Prayers and updates can also be found on our Facebook page and Twitter feed throughout this week!

For more information on how you can join Care Net in Raising Your Hand for Life, go to praytosavealife.org.

Thank you for your prayers!

–The Care Net team

 

 

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NATIONAL SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE SUNDAY

January 20, 2013

Jeremiah 1:5

New Living Translation (NLT)

5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart
and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

Psalm 139

New Living Translation (NLT)

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

17 How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!

Twenty-nine years ago, the Christian Action Council Education and Ministries fund, which is today known as Care Net, asked President Ronald Reagan to create a special day to focus on the intrinsic value of human life and the fundamental right to life, as recognized by the American Founding Fathers.

In 1983, President Reagan issued a proclamation establishing a National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS). Since 1983, the SOHLS) proclamation has also been issued by Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

This year, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v Bolton decision, legalizing abortion in in all 50 States. Since then, more than 55 million lives have been lost through abortion. There are many ways to make an impact in the fight for human life, starting at your local Crisis Pregnancy Center – Volunteer – Donate!

 

 

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OCTOBER IS 'BREAST CANCER'
AWARENESS MONTH!

 


 

PRAISE GOD!! I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO BE 12 YEARS - BREAST CANCER FREE!!!

 


 

EVERY YEAR IN MAY WE CELEBRATE LIFE AT OUR WOODSTOCK, CT "RELAY FOR LIFE" -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN DO THE SAME!!!

 


 

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I am a 12 Year Breast Cancer survivor & am part of Team Ichthus for our American Cancer Society's Relay For Life - May 19 & 20th!

When I registered online, I was issued my own personal fundraising web page. It explains what Relay For Life is and why I chose to get involved. My web page also has my fundraising goal and how much money I’ve raised so far.

 

Please visit my page. While you’re there, why not make a donation to the American Cancer Society?

Your donation will help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays - and the amount you donate will count towards my fundraising goal. To learn more about how your money will be spent, visit www.cancer.org/research.

Thank you so much for your help!

 

 

 

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HAPPY 235TH BIRTHDAY
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!!
SEMPER FIDELIS!!!!

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BUT BE SURE TO COME BACK TO MY SITE & FINISH GETTING TO KNOW US HERE AT EMANUEL HOMESTEAD GOLDENS!

 

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VETERAN'S DAY
NOVEMBER 11, 2010

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THANK YOU!


CLICK LINK ABOVE TO SEE THIS ONE! AWESOME!


PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO PRAY FOR & THANK GOD FOR ALL THE DEDICATED & BRAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE FOUGHT HARD & LONG TO PRESERVE THE MANY FREEDOMS THAT WE HAVE
HERE IN AMERICA!!
WE ARE SO VERY BLESSED!!

THANK YOU!!

 

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SEPT. 11TH
MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
THE LAND OF THE FREE &
THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!!!

MAY WE EACH HAVE A GRATEFUL HEART AS WE ENJOY THE BLESSINGS OF OUR FREEDOM!!

"THANK YOU" TO ALL THOSE & THEIR FAMILIES WHO SERVE & WORK HARD TO KEEP US SAFE HERE IN AMERICA & AROUND THE WORLD!!!
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Chris Durning

 

Chris Durning "How BLESSED we are as a nation! May God Continue to Bless us & all those whose families were so sadly effected by this TERRORIST Abomination! Thank You to all those who work so hard to keep us & our people safe each day here in the United States & Around The World!! May GOD BLESS AMERICA!! We will REMEMBER!"

I am the 549,702nd person to fly the flag in remembrance of 9/11. I hope at least 1 million will join me! No app install required.


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N. E. CONNECTICUT'S RELAY FOR LIFE
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

THERE IS STILL TIME TO CONTRIBUTE TO MY TEAM FOR THIS YEAR'S RELAY FOR LIFE - IT WAS A GLORIOUS WEEKEND!

LINK IN & TAKE A LOOK!!

MAY 15 - 16, 2010
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT EVENT!

I AM A 10-YEAR BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR!!

FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN JOIN ME IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER!!

http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Chris.Durning

Chris With Our 10 Beautiful Grandchildren!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
CHRIS

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May 21-22, 2004
10th Annual 'Relay For Life'
Woodstock Fair Grounds

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I was involved in this rally as the Breast Cancer Survivor (6+ years) - for my daughter, Julie's team with Westbank, where she is a Manager of the Woodstock Branch.

My daughter, Hannah was home for the weekend from school & together, Julie, Hannah & I walked the opening 'Survivors Lap' - It was a very emotional & stirring time to share something so personal & so life-changing as having cancer - with so many people & their families & friends!!

My other daughter, Jennifer, was involved with her Moms Club of Woodstock & also raised money & walked in the relay.

Mike joined us in the afternoon on Sat. & we had a very wonderful & memorable time together. Maybe next year my whole family can join in.

If you are interested in - or know of someone who has experienced the devastation & pain of cancer - do consider giving your prayers, support, encouragement, time &/or money to this cause to fight this disease that effects so many people!

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[SEPT. 2005]

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS CURVES FUND RAISER WITH ME FOR ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL!!! I TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR GENEROSITY & QUICK RESPONSE TO MY REQUEST. IT WAS GREAT HEARING FROM ALL OF YOU.

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"WAY TO GO, WALTER!!"

"WALTER" IS THE PUPPY IN THE ARTICLE BELOW - I DONATED THIS ADORABLE MALE PUPPY FOR THE 2004 MAYOR'S CHARITY BALL TO HELP SUPPORT 'THE BRIDGE FAMILY CENTER. THE 'COURSEY' FAMILY ADOPTED HIM!! READ THE ARTICLE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION!!!

>From courant.com -------------------- >
From Whither Did These Two Slither?
Snakes Probably Were Abandoned
By CAROLYN MOREAU
Courant Staff Writer

July 2, 2005

WEST HARTFORD -- Were the two 5-foot snakes near the councilman's house a coincidence, a political statement, or a birthday gag?

Council member Chuck Coursey said Friday that neither he nor police think there was any malice in the appearance of a boa constrictor on his patio Wednesday and, Friday, of a python a couple of doors away.

The prevailing theory now is that a negligent pet owner dumped the two dangerous reptiles - and possibly more - after they became too much of a pain to care for.

But West Hartford has had some political turmoil lately. In heated moments, there have been references to snake-like behavior. The Coursey family dismisses such political talk, though, and is taking a pragmatic stance. "We do not think we are being targeted. This is an easy location to drop off pets because it is a quiet road and no one can see you," said Mary Coursey, Chuck Coursey's wife. "I am nervous about more snakes, though."

Wednesday, the council member's birthday party was interrupted by the boa constrictor.

Only Walter, the family's golden retriever, saw the snake arrive. He howled for an hour, but no one paid much attention, Mary Coursey said. When Chuck Coursey did notice the snake on his patio, he thought it was a gag.

How else do you celebrate a 42nd birthday but with a rubber snake, he figured. Then it flicked its tongue.

On the phone with police, the family and their guests were screaming so loudly that the dispatcher couldn't immediately understand what the problem was, Mary Coursey said. By the time an animal control officer arrived, Annie Coursey, 10, had used the Internet to identify the snake as a boa.

Then on Friday morning, a 5-foot python was discovered two doors away on Hamilton Avenue. Mike Lickteig, the foreman on a tree-cutting job, was the first to see it. He gave the snake a soft poke with a stick to see if it was alive, and leapt back as it slithered forward. "I do not know anything about snakes, and I do not want to know," said Lickteig, who works for Davey Tree Expert Co. West Hartford police called the Science Center of Connecticut, and Hank Gruner, vice president for exhibits and programs, pulled up in a van shortly before noon. Once the python was squirming safely in a bag, Gruner gave a short lesson on snakes to the neighborhood children who had gathered around. He brought the python out, so everyone could stroke its smooth skin, and explained to one child how he knew it was a female. The 5-foot python could eventually grow to 25 feet, Gruner said. It will join the boa constrictor at the center, and the pair may be placed on display after they have cleared quarantine, Gruner said.

"Our next step is to call in St. Patrick," said Mayor Scott Slifka, referring to the man who drove the snakes from Ireland. Meanwhile, it has occurred to police that other reptilian surprises might lie nearby. Slifka said officials found an empty box on Hamilton Avenue. Helen Cavaciuti, the police animal control officer, searched some yards backing onto Hamilton Avenue on Friday morning. She took extra care searching the rear yard of School Superintendent David P. Sklarz, because snakes would love his rocky landscaping. "Animals get abandoned all the time," Cavaciuti said. "We've had a legless lizard. We've had a bearded dragon, but I found the owner. We had an iguana abandoned at Westfarms mall, and a lovely lady adopted it."

Pythons and boas both kill their prey by constricting it to death and then swallowing it whole. They can gulp down large animals by stretching their jaws wider than their heads. Full-grown constrictors can reach more than 20 feet and can easily kill humans. But the pair discovered on Hamilton Avenue, at little more than 5 feet, are youngsters whose typical diet would be mice and rats. Even so, Mary Coursey is anxious for the snake discoveries to end. Her 3-year-old sobbed for hours after the birthday party, she said. "I don't mind normal snakes, but the size of these snakes frightens me," Coursey said. Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

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