Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, thanksgiving has been an important part of American tradition, originated when the Pilgrims and Wampanoags feasted during the “First Thanksgiving”, in October of 1621; and,
WHEREAS, modern Thanksgiving was first officially called for in all states by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln in 1863; and,
WHEREAS, since then, it has become a beloved national holiday that is celebrated on the final Thursday of November every year; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, families, friends, neighbors and strangers gather around the table to enjoy each other’s company and reflect on what they are thankful for; and,
WHEREAS, thanksgiving is a valuable opportunity to once again appreciate our families, friends, and all the loved ones who stand by our side, and take time to remember all things we are grateful for each and every day;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Garlin Gilchrist II, lieutenant governor and acting governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 28, 2019, as Thanksgiving Day in Michigan and wish all citizens a happy Thanksgiving full of joy and love.