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Read more about the annual Thanksgiving Proclamation given by the U.S. President George W. Bush from White House, a little history about thanksgiving speech from White House and the first thanksgiving proclamation.

Thanksgiving : Presidential Proclamations

Presidential Proclamations on Thanksgiving

The U.S. President issues presidential proclamations from White House from time to time to address the citizens of America and the world on every important occasion and event. The first ever Thanksgiving proclamation that has ever come to light was read on June 20, 1676 in the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts. It was read by a clerk known as Edward Rawson, who proclaimed June 29 as a day of thanksgiving. Much later, George Washington became the first President of America to read out the historical proclamation that designated November 26 as 'A Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer.'

In this section, we have covered the Thanksgiving Proclamations issued by the reigning U.S. President George W. Bush during the year 2001 to 2004:

2001: "Now, in the painful aftermath of the September 11 attacks and in the midst of our resolute war on terrorism, President Eisenhower's hopeful words point us to our collective obligation to defend the enduring principles of freedom that form the foundation of our Republic.
During these extraordinary times, we find particular assurance from our Thanksgiving tradition, which reminds us that we, as a people and individually, always have reason to hope and trust in God, despite great adversity. "

2002: "As the Pilgrims did almost four centuries ago, we gratefully give thanks this year for the beauty, abundance, and opportunity this great land offers. We also thank God for the blessings of freedom and prosperity; and, with gratitude and humility, we acknowledge the importance of faith in our lives.
Throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, let us renew our commitment to make our country and our world better. As we welcome new opportunities and face new challenges, we are thankful for the resolve and generosity of so many of our people who are touching countless hearts and souls through thoughtful acts of kindness. By answering the call to serve others, Americans are building a culture of service that strengthens our Nation."

2003: "America is a land of abundance, prosperity, and hope. We must never take for granted the things that make our country great: a firm foundation of freedom, justice, and equality; a belief in democracy and the rule of law; and our fundamental rights to gather, speak, and worship freely.
These liberties do not come without cost. Throughout history, many have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms and to defend peace around the world. Today, the brave men and women of our military continue this noble tradition. These heroes and their loved ones have the gratitude of our Nation.
On this day, we also remember those less fortunate among us. They are our neighbors and our fellow citizens, and we are committed to reaching out to them and to all of those in need in our communities."

2004: "This Thanksgiving, we express our gratitude to our dedicated firefighters and police officers who help keep our homeland safe. We are grateful to the homeland security and intelligence personnel who spend long hours on faithful watch. And we give thanks for the Americans in our Armed Forces who are serving around the world to secure our country and advance the cause of freedom. These brave men and women make our entire Nation proud, and we thank them and their families for their sacrifice. "