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President Kennedy Issues 1961 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Oct. 28, 1961 - President Kennedy called on all citizens today to observe Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23 in a manner “not only to preserve our blessings but to extend them to the four corners of the earth.” He went on: “We are grateful for the blessings of faith and health and strength and for the imperishable spiritual gifts of love and hope. We give thanks, too, for our freedom as a nation; for the strength of our arms and the faith of our friends; for our determination to stand firmly for what we believe to be right and to resist mightily what we believe to be base; and for the heritage of liberty bequeathed by our ancestors which we are privileged to preserve for our children and our children’s children.”


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