“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” — George Washington, First President of the United States of America (1789-1797) —
Happy Thanksgiving from theTUNDRA! Though it wouldn’t be declared a federal holiday until 1941, Thanksgiving is a nationwide tradition dating back to the days of our Founding Fathers. On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued an official proclamation establishing “a day of public Thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts… for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.” More than 200 years later, Thanksgiving is an ingrained part of American culture, both a celebration of the year’s harvest and an opportune time to reflect on the past year and give recognition to those who deserve it most. Whether you’ll be spending your holiday watching football or stuffing yourself full of turkey, follow President Washington’s advice and have a grateful heart this Thanksgiving — even if it means offering to wash the dishes after the big meal.