Florida Guard Family,
In September 1789, just before leaving for recess, Congress passed a resolution asking that President George Washington recommend a national day of thanksgiving, which the President signed on October 3rd. He proclaimed Thursday, November 26, 1789, as a day of public thanksgiving. According to the National Archives, this was the first time Thanksgiving was celebrated under our young nation’s new Constitution.
Nearly 75 years later, on October 3rd, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November as a Thanksgiving holiday following the Union Army’s victory at Gettysburg the previous July.
As we pause to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we should reflect on why we, as Americans, still observe this holiday year-in and year-out. Gretchen and I feel that Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our nation, our state, and our family. But we are also extremely thankful for you – the men and women, Soldiers and Airmen, military and civilians – who make up the Florida National Guard Family.
Because of your enduring sacrifice and service to our communities and nation, future generations of Americans will be free and able to celebrate this very special holiday.
Thank you! Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
Emmett Titshaw Jr.
The Adjutant General of Florida