**Update--And a big thank you to Randy at Night Twister for an awesome Thanksgiving roundup from Colorado bloggers.
First, from President George Washington:
. . . 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 previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.From Michelle Malkin on Thanksgiving Day in 2001 (courtesy of Joshua Sharf):
For "E Pluribus Unum" and "Semper Fidelis," for "God Bless America" and "In God We Trust," for "We the people" and "Of the people, by the people, for the people," for "Don't tread on me," for "Give me liberty or give me death," for "These are the times that try men's souls," for "the land of the free and the home of the brave," we give thee praise.SP is thankful for the usual things (and the ones most likely to be taken for granted)--for a loving family; the pleasure and company and support of friends, old and new; for continued health; for employment; for the ability to communicate in such an instantaneous fashion--unparalleled in human history; for a country founded on the idea of liberty; for the endless opportunities given to us by God; and for many other things too substantial to enumerate with just a few words.