Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has issued the following Thanksgiving message:
"On Thanksgiving Day, Americans join loved ones to celebrate and to thank our Creator for the blessings we enjoy living in the greatest nation on earth.
Many of us learned, as children, that the first Thanksgiving was observed at Plymouth following the harvest of 1621. The Pilgrims had endured a perilous first year and were grateful for God's provision and faithfulness.
We also learned that the first Thanksgiving recognized by the U.S. government came during the Civil War when President Lincoln issued a proclamation in October of 1863, reminding all of us that our nation's many blessings "should be solemnly reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people.'
This year marks 150 years since he penned those words, yet their truth remains. We have been blessed with fruitful fields, industry and technology second to none, strong communities, caring neighbors, unparalleled opportunity, and the gift of freedom. A loving and Almighty God has blessed this nation and its people.
As we gather this Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, let us give thanks to God for all He has given us. Let us also thank the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces whose sacrifices preserve our freedoms and allow us to enjoy God's bounty."
Congresswoman Hartzler, who represents Missouri's Fourth Congressional District, serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.