Fellow Broward Republican Executive Committee Members and Friends:
Here’s wishing you, along with your families, friends and all of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am very thankful to have worked together with a wonderful Broward Republican Executive Board, including our RNC Co-Chair, National Committeewoman, and State Committeewoman Sharon Day, our State Committeeman Ed Kennedy, our Vice-Chair Colleen Stolberg, our Secretary Michael De Gruccio, our Treasurer Mark McCarthy and our Executive Director Rico Petrocelli. As the Chairman of the largest Executive Committee in the great State of Florida with about 400 members, I am truly thankful and blessed for all of the hard work that our committeemembers and friends are putting forth to get Republicans elected!
I’d also like to share with you below Ronald Reagan’s first Thanksgiving Proclamation from 1981.
Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving,
Richard DeNapoli, Chairman
Broward Republican Party
RONALD REAGAN’S FIRST THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION
NOVEMBER 12, 1981
America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings. On this day of Thanksgiving, it is appropriate that we recall the first Thanksgiving, celebrated in the autumn of 1621. After surviving a bitter winter, the Pilgrims planted and harvested a bountiful crop. After the harvest they gathered their families together and joined in celebration and prayer with the Native Americans who had taught them so much. Clearly our forefathers were thankful not only for the material well being of their harvest but for this abundance of goodwill as well.
In this spirit, Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Long before there was a government welfare program, this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character. Americans have always understood that, truly, one must give in order to receive. This should be a day of giving as well as a day of thanks. As we celebrate Thanksgiving in 1981, we should reflect on the full meaning of this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do as individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance.
Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people. Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 1981, as Thanksgiving Day. In witness whereof, I have here unto set my hand this twelfth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and sixth.
Date: November 12, 1981
By: Ronald Reagan
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Original Email Date: November 21, 2012