A PROCLAMATION by the President of the United States of America:
November 18, 2005
Thanksgiving Day is a time to remember our many blessings and to
celebrate the opportunities that freedom affords. Explorers and settlers
arriving in this land often gave thanks for the extraordinary plenty
they found. And today, we remain grateful to live in a country of
liberty and abundance. We give thanks for the love of family and
friends, and we ask God to continue to watch over America.
This Thanksgiving, we pray and express thanks for the men and women who
work to keep America safe and secure. Members of our Armed Forces, State
and local law enforcement, and first responders embody our Nation's
highest ideals of courage and devotion to duty. Our country is grateful
for their service and for the support and sacrifice of their families.
We ask God's special blessings on those who have lost loved ones in the
line of duty.
We also remember those affected by the destruction of natural
disasters. Their tremendous determination to recover their lives
exemplifies the American spirit, and we are grateful for those across
our Nation who answered the cries of their neighbors in need and
provided them with food, shelter, and a helping hand. We ask for
continued strength and perseverance as we work to rebuild these
communities and return hope to our citizens.
We give thanks to live in a country where freedom reigns, justice
prevails, and hope prospers. We recognize that America is a better place
when we answer the universal call to love a neighbor and help those in
need. May God bless and guide the United States of America as we move
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 24,
2005, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all Americans to
gather together in their homes and places of worship with family,
friends, and loved ones to reinforce the ties that bind us and give
thanks for the freedoms and many blessings we enjoy.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of
November, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and
GEORGE W. BUSH