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Thanksgiving Day Message to the Armed Forces.

November 10, 1969

THE PILGRIMS at Plymouth had good reason to express their gratitude to God on that first Thanksgiving Day nearly three and a half centuries ago. Those who enjoyed the abundance of that first harvest had survived in a wilderness where suffering and want were their constant companions. Their faith in God's mercy was strengthened and sustained in spite of hardship.

Throughout our history, Americans have celebrated this day in both a spiritual and festive fashion, rejoicing in the blessings bestowed upon them by our Creator. Among these, for which we are indeed grateful, is our precious heritage of freedom which you today protect and defend wherever you may serve. Your admirable contribution to our national security insures that this heritage will be preserved.

This Thanksgiving Day provides an ideal occasion for all Americans to acknowledge and give thanks for the courage, devotion to duty, and the loyalty you have demonstrated in service to our nation.


Note: The message was dated November 7, 1969 and released November 10, 1969.

On November 12, 1969, the President signed Proclamation 3944 "Thanksgiving Day, 1969."

Richard Nixon, Thanksgiving Day Message to the Armed Forces. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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