George Washington – New Years Day, 1795

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s New Year’s Day, 1795. I’m in the halls of Congress listening to President Washington’s National Thanksgiving proclamation.

GW: “Americans, our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, is to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God and implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we have experienced.”

President Washington and Congress declared the 19th of February, 1795, as a national day of Thanksgiving.

Read more about George Washington’s Thanksgiving proclamation.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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