JOHN A. LEJEUNE: THANKSGIVING 1918

As the First World War came to an end the American Expeditionary Force was spread across France and Germany and a Marine was in command of the U.S. Army’s Second Division, again. Because the Division was so far forward, President Woodrow Wilson’s Thanksgiving proclamation had not yet reached the troops and Major General John A. Lejeune, Commanding General, Second Division chose to address the division with his message of thanks.

We offer this as our Thanksgiving message to you, our readers and listeners, for a happy and safe and hopeful holiday season.

WOODROW WILSON: THANKSGIVING 1918

Complete victory has brought us, not peace alone, but the confident promise of a new day as well in which justice shall replace force and jealous intrigue among the nations.   This Thanksgiving we’ve selected President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation of 1918 to prompt thinking about our own time. As the world continues to deal with […]

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THANKSGIVING 1863

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. In the very heart of the U.S. Civil War, on October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the following proclamation to celebrate a day of national thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November. Nearly a month […]

HARRY TRUMAN: THANKSGIVING 1945

In unity we found our first weapon, for without it, both here and abroad, we were doomed. On November 12, 1945, President Harry S. Truman issued the following proclamation to celebrate America’s first Thanksgiving since victory in World War II. We offer this as our Thanksgiving message to you, our readers and listeners, for a […]