November 26, 1992

Partial text of the annual Thanksgiving Day proclamation:

At no time of year are Americans more mindful of our heritage as one nation under God than at Thanksgiving -- a day when people of every race, creed and walk of life join in celebrating the many blessings that we have received as individuals and as a nation. Thanksgiving is among the happiest of days because it fills our hearts with appreciation for the things that matter most: the goodness of our Creator, the love of family and friends and, of course, the gift of life itself. In addition to giving thanks for our individual blessings, we Americans also join on this occasion in celebrating our shared legacy of freedom. . . .

Ever grateful for our freedom and security, we Americans have worked to share these blessings with others, and today we rejoice in the fact that the seeds of democratic thought sown on these shores more than 300 years ago continue to blossom around the globe. Yet, even as we give thanks for the demise of imperial communism and for the current harvest of liberty throughout the world, like our ancestors we also recall our duties as stewards of this great and blessed land. As Gen. Dwight Eisenhower said during World War II:

''The winning of freedom is not to be compared to the winning of a game, with the victory recorded forever in history. Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirits of men, and so it must be daily earned and refreshed -- else, like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.''

. . . This Thanksgiving, as we reflect on our nation's heritage and give thanks to God for our many blessings, let us renew the solemn commitment that John Winthrop and his fellow pilgrims made more than 300 years ago. At a time when so many of the world's peoples look to America's example, let us stand for a liberty ''to that only which is good, just and honest.'' Mindful, too, that ''he that gives to the poor lends to the Lord,'' let us reach out with generosity to persons in need -- strangers who are hungry and homeless, neighbors who are sick and lonely, and loved ones who are eager for our time, attention and encouragement.

I am confident and grateful that -- in the future as in the past -- this Thanksgiving tradition will continue to bind us in appreciation of life's greatest blessings: our families and friends, our rich heritage of freedom and, most of all, the unchanging wisdom and presence of Almighty God.

Now, therefore, I, George Bush, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 1992, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I urge all Americans to gather in their homes and in places of worship on that day to offer thanks to the Almighty for the many blessings that He has granted us as individuals and as a nation. May we always strive to remain worthy of them.

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