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NOVEMBER 26, 2003


The Banks County News
November 26, 2003

Proclamation of Thanksgiving
President Abraham Lincoln approved this proclamation in 1863 calling for a national day of Thanksgiving. It is as relevant today as it was 140 years ago. Let’s all reflect on these sentiments this Thanksgiving season.
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are so extraordinary in nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed every where except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union....
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 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.

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By:Angela Gary
The Banks County News
November 26, 2003

Take time every day to give thanks
This Thanksgiving, I’ll be with my family, which always tops my “thankful” list each year. I’m thankful that I have a supportive and loving family to get me through the good times and the bad times.
My parents have walked miles and sat outside in the weather for hours with me at concerts. They have waited in line to get autographs and driven hundreds of miles to the next concert. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for your love and support.
Our family includes my sister and brother-in-law and 2-year-old nephew. They also provide me many blessings every day. A close family such as ours makes the harsh realities of the world seem insignificant. Thanks, Amanda, Jacob and Jake, for all you do to make my life a joy.
I’m also thankful that I have a job and a second “family” of co-workers to support and work with me. Together, we get through the stresses our work day, along with the joy and success that some days bring. Thanks, MainStreet Newspapers family, for making my days brighter.
During each work week, our reporters come into contact with many public officials who are pleasant and helpful to us as we gather the news. Thanks, to these public officials and staff members, for all they do to make my job easier.
It’s wonderful that we have a special day of thanksgiving. It’s a day to spend with family and friends and reflect on all the blessings that we have to be thankful for. In today’s hectic world, it’s important to take this time together with your loved ones for a public thanksgiving for your blessings.
It’s also important to take time private time every day to give thanks to God for our blessings. Some days we might have “small things” on our list, something like finding a lost earring. Other days, it might be something major, such as good news from a medical test. Whether it’s big or small, let’s make every day a time of thanksgiving. Make sure the first thing on your list is God, who gave his son to die for our sins.
Angie Gary is editor of The Banks County News and associate editor of The Jackson Herald. She can be reached at or 367-2490.
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