Rep. Barletta Statement on Thanksgiving Day
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued the following statement regarding Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013:
“President George Washington proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1789 as ‘a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.’ Today, just over 224 years later, I encourage all Americans to approach this holiday with the same spirit and acknowledge the many blessings life, our creator, and this nation afford us.
“In the blur of daily activities, it is often too easy to lose sight of what is important and meaningful in our lives. For me, it is my family: my wife Mary Grace, our four beautiful daughters, and our two wonderful grandchildren. There is no question that life is not perfect in this country, or anywhere else around the world. But as Americans, we have more blessings to be thankful for than we can even count – the opportunity to succeed, God-given rights, and sacred freedom among them. On this day, as we move forward into the holiday season, I wish everyone a truly happy Thanksgiving.”