In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, our first Republican President, declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
In his declaration, he urged Americans to praise God for their many blessings, to be humble and penitent about their disobedience, and to pray for those who are suffering. (see excerpt from President Lincoln's 1863 declaration below)
These words are true now as they were back then. All of us at the WSRP want to wish you and your family all the blessings of a Happy Thanksgiving.
President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863: “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union….”