On this Thanksgiving Day, when homes across America fill with laughter, family favorite foods, and the joy of seeing friends and loved ones again, we give thanks for all that is good in our lives and reflect on the many blessings of our nation.
This American spirit of gratitude dates back to our earliest days when pilgrims celebrated a successful first harvest thanks to the generosity and support of the Wampanoag people. It inspired George Washington to give his troops a day of prayer and thanksgiving amid fierce struggles for American independence. It also moved Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday, to honor America’s generosity, and to ask God to bring us together to care for one another and heal our nation.
We are grateful for our family and friends and for all of our fellow Americans, even those we may never meet but on whom we rely. We are grateful for the scientists, researchers, doctors and nurses who have kept us safe during a pandemic, and for the frontline workers who have kept essential services running by growing and providing food for our tables. We are grateful to faith leaders for their counsel, comfort, and support. Thank you to our brave soldiers and veterans who sacrifice so much for our freedom, and to the first responders who risked so much to keep us all safe.
As the Scriptures say, “Let us always be joyful, keep praying, and give thanks in all circumstances.” This is a special time in the greatest country on earth, so let us be thankful. America is a great nation because we are a good people. On this holiday we celebrate everything that brings us together, based on history and our shared hopes for the future.
THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority bestowed upon me by the United States Constitution and laws, hereby proclaim Thursday, November 24, 2022: as the National Thanksgiving Day. I encourage the people of the United States of America to unite and thank the friends, neighbors, family and strangers who have supported one another over the past year as a show of goodwill and unity.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have laid my hand upon this twenty-third of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-seventh.
JOSEPH R BIDEN JR