November 29, 2013 Leave a comment
I have a great deal to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, a wonderful wife and family, good friends and yes, a job. Speaking of a wonderful wife and good friends, I recently visited Philadelphia, for a friend’s daughter’s wedding.
Philadelphia was our nation’s first capital in 1790, while the permanent capital became Washington D.C. in 1800. While there, I was afforded the opportunity to tour the site of the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall. I was not only humbled by the amazing stories of the sacrifices our forefathers made during the Revolutionary War, like the winter of Valley Forge, but by the National Park Ranger, who’s knowledge and enthusiasm took me to school.
She was also kind of scary. She reminded me of my 3rd grade teacher, a nun, except she was carrying a gun or a taser. I immediately got on the wrong side of her when she asked everyone to raise their hand if they were under 21. My gray hair didn’t fool her. She challenged the tour with many history questions. Lucky for me and the other gray-haired guys I was with, their was a boy scout troop as part of our tour group, who knew most of the answers.
There were memorials in front of Independence Hall from several of our great leader. Here are excerpts from speeches from these great leaders in History on this day of Thanksgiving…
George Washington (1789) – 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.
Abraham Lincoln (1863) – “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”
John F. Kennedy (1961) “Let us observe this day with reverence and with prayer that will rekindle in us the will and show us the way not only to preserve our blessings, but also to extend them to the four corners of the earth. Let us by our example, as well as by our material aid, assist all peoples of all nations who are striving to achieve a better life in freedom.”
I’d like to revisit Philly, if not only to follow Rocky’s Run to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rocky’s Steps.
Note: Thanksgivukkah! Last happened in 1888 won’t occur again for another 79,000 years.