Wednesday, November 23, 2016
November 23, 2016
Governor Mary Fallin Statement on Thanksgiving
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today released the following statement on Thanksgiving:
“The Thanksgiving after a presidential election is a good time to be reminded of the origins of this celebration for our great nation. In 1789, our first President, George Washington, proclaimed a day “to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country….”
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
“As we celebrate this time with our loved ones, and offer thanks for our blessings, let us all take a moment to reflect upon these words issued upon our nation’s first Thanksgiving, and so rededicate ourselves to these founding goals. Let us thank God for his blessings, and pray for the continued safety, progress and temporal prosperity of our nation.
“I offer additional thanks for the privilege of working for the people of Oklahoma, and a special tribute to our men and women in the military, who sacrifice so much in their service to our country and our freedom.
“May we all unite in offering our sincere and humble thanks to God for His kind care and protection. Happy Thanksgiving, and blessings to all!”